Good afternoon! Autumn like weather is in place as we speak across much of the Northeastern United States, with relatively seasonable temperatures. Enjoy it while it lasts. It will feel much more like winter very soon, as an arctic blast is set to arrive from Friday into Saturday. Very quickly, temperatures will fall 15 to 25 degrees below normal for this time of year, with record low temperatures possible over reporting climatology sites in the Northeast states. While this intensity of cold air will be short lived, colder than normal air will remain persistent.
A vigorous polar disturbance inside a shortwave trough will be swinging through the Great Lakes and Northeast tonight and Friday. This feature will amplify into a small closed low over Quebec later on Friday Night. The result will be a frigid airmass from Northern Canada swinging southward with a vengeance and reaching the Northeast USA from Friday into Friday Night. This type of southward movement of polar/arctic air is unusual this early in the season.
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