Enjoy the foliage while we have it
Many places in the north country hit peak foliage for the Columbus Day Weekend, and the rest of the state is following rather quickly. While southern areas may get one more taste of "Indian Summer" on Wednesday, northern and western areas are likely done with anything close to 70° until next spring.
As I mentioned in an earlier post here today, a stormy period is ahead.
Temperatures gradually crash through Wednesday
These types of cold fronts are typical in spring and fall around these parts. Wednesday will be a classic day where Frenchville / Fort Kent will struggle to get to 50° while Fryeburg / Portland south will be headed to the beach. Temperatures gradually drop over northern, western and eastern areas through the day, and for southern areas, into the evening. It will be temperature whiplash for southern areas especially between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
Some scattered showers for the day... even some sleet.
As the front sags south, it won't come gracefully. I suspect there will be a few thunderstorms in the mix for western and eastern areas in the afternoon as the boundary filters downward. I can't rule out a potential isolated strong to severe storm in the midst of it given the sharp temperature difference. Whether or not southern areas get any of mother natures fireworks depends on the progress of the front, which knowing how cold air tends to be slow in moving may quell the threat. Regardless, there is a chance, so be on alert in case something develops.
As temperatures drop, folks in the Saint John River Valley may get a touch of sleet and/or snow as we head into Thursday morning, pending on how quickly the mid to low levels of the atmosphere cool off. While this may come as a bit of a shock, we're about on time for some amount of wintry precipitation being measured in the roof top region.
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