High pressure controls the weekend
After a rainy stretch over the past week, dry times return to the region as high pressure moves in. Some high cirrus associated with an upper-level ridge are expected to pass over the area, which may dim the sky at times in areas.
An early morning breeze settles by around midday. Temperatures are expected to be close to the daily average, which may feel a bit cool compared to the well above normal values as of late.
Coolest start of the season possible Saturday
As of early Friday morning, guidance agrees that the high cirrus clouds of the day dissipate overnight. If that does occur, most areas see temperatures plummet into the 20s, with teens possible in the Rangeley / Aziscohos Lake region Saturday morning. Time will tell what the upper-level ridge thinks of that notion. For much of the coastal plain, it could be the first hard freeze of the season. There is potential for freezing fog around the lakes and rivers. If you are a photographer, it could be prime to pick up pictures of hoar frost, like the image below that I captured from Middle Range Pond in Poland back in 2017.
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Showers possible for Halloween and Tuesday
Friday 8 AM to Tuesday 8 PM - There are a couple of things going on here. A cut-off upper-level low over the southwest, along with a tropical disturbance near Bermuda. The cut-off low taps into Gulf moisture and throws it northeastward into the ridge. The tropical disturbance wants to move northward but runs into a roadblock with the ridge. Until Thursday morning's guidance runs, Halloween was looking wet. The overnight ideas have cut that back considerably. For now, there could be some light showers possible by trick-or-treat time. Based on history, guidance does not read upper-level energy well over the southwest, and some models are worse than others. Stay tuned for a better idea on how it plays out over the weekend.
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