Cold air to blast into midwestern, northeastern US with gusty winds, snow showers this weekend

A renewed wave of cold air, locally damaging winds and rain and snow showers will sweep through the midwestern and northeastern United States this weekend.

Following the arrival of the region's first significant cold sweep of the season at midweek, another round of frost and freezing temperatures is expected across most of the Northeast on Thursday night.

Static Frost Freeze Thursday Night
Static Frost Freeze Thursday Night

"Frosty air is also likely to dip into the southern Appalachians and Piedmont areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait.

The week will then end on a rather pleasant note with sunshine, light winds and highs in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit on Friday, but that should not make residents hopeful for a mild, pleasant weekend.

"After a brief moderation in temperatures on Friday, a reinforcing shot of colder air will be coming into the Northeast this weekend," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

"This next cold front means business," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

Temperatures during both the days and nights this weekend can be several degrees lower than their coldest levels at midweek.

Cold reinforced 10.18 AM
Cold reinforced 10.18 AM

Cold air will also dig in much farther west when compared to the extent of the cold at midweek, according to Abrams.

The chill will first reach the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday, before sweeping through the entire Northeast by Sunday.

High temperatures will be held 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit below normal in the wake of the cold sweep, generally in the 40s across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast and 50s closer to the coast.

Factoring in cold, gusty winds from the northwest, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures can be up to 10 degrees lower.

Tree damage and power outages may occur on a localized basis in the blustery conditions. People with plans to rake the leaves this weekend will want to hold off, as they will get blown around.

A mixture of rain and snow showers will riddle interior areas, especially downwind of the Great Lakes, from Saturday to Sunday, according to Adamson.

Taste of Winter 10.18 AM
Taste of Winter 10.18 AM

"Some of the highest elevations could even get some minor accumulation, especially on colder surfaces such as grass and cars," Adamson said.

For the most part, the Interstate 95 corridor of the Northeast can expect a dry weekend.

A bit of rain may dampen Washington, D.C., to New York City early Saturday, but the day will otherwise turn out dry and mild. However, temperatures will come crashing down as cold winds whip through on Sunday.

Those heading to outdoor sporting events will need to pack on the layers and may need to wear hats, scarves and gloves, especially at night as temperatures dip to frosty levels.

This includes for games 6 and 7 (if they are necessary) of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

While a relatively clear sky will make for ideal viewing conditions for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower on Sunday night, anyone heading outside to see the show will need to dress warmly.

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