Pumpkins, costumes and cider bring a pleasant October to a close as we move into the final two months of the year. You may want to restock that cider and warm it up, as we have a huge flip coming in our temperatures this weekend, thanks to a big time cold front headed our way.
Model forecast maximum wind GUSTS
Saturday morning, though, you'll wake up to some of the coldest weather we've seen in a long time. A cold air mass fresh out of Canada is plunging southward at the same time a twisted low pressure cyclone will be intensifying off the east coast. The difference in pressure is what generates the winds, and in this case there will be a big gradient, so the strong north winds will drive the cold air all the way into Florida. Much of our area will be at 40º or lower Saturday morning, with 20 mile-per-hour winds that will send the wind chill into the upper 20s.
Despite ample sunshine on Saturday, we'll be hard-pressed to get much above 50º during the day and the northerly winds will continue before diminishing after dark. Sunday morning will be the coldest, as we could see some light freezes in parts of the area by virtue of the lighter winds. Columbus is likely to remain above the 32º mark, but we could be close.
After another cool but sunny day on Sunday, we'll get a steady warming trend going for next week and the next system could even bring us a little rain over the latter part of the week.
Saturday's sunrise in Columbus will be at 7:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, the latest we will see the sun come up the entire year. On Sunday, it will happen about an hour earlier on the clock since we'll be back on Standard Time. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night.
And then get ready to sleep that extra hour Sunday morning somewhere nice and warm!