Cuddle alert! Coolest weather of autumn arrives Saturday night

    Central Jersey in early October 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    Central Jersey in early October 2014. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    Get the flannel pajamas and firewood ready.

    After a strong cold front sweeps through the region Saturday afternoon, temperatures will drop steadily, resulting in the coolest night since spring, forecasters say. 

    At the coast, overnight lows Saturday will dip to near 50 degrees, while readings in the 40s will be widespread inland, according to NOAA. 

    But first, showers will move through ahead of the cold front overnight through around midday Saturday, said New York Metro Weather’s Doug Simonian. 

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    “While rainfall amounts will not be extremely prolific over a widespread area, the prospects of steady rain with some heavy downpours for some areas may be particularly high between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.,” he said. 

    Sky conditions will gradually clear during the afternoon hours, and a westerly wind will develop behind the front, delivering a brisk fall-like feel in the air, according to the National Weather Service. 

    By Sunday, expect mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 60s — with a westerly breeze making it feel cooler — and another chilly night.

    Temperatures then rebound to the upper 60s at the coast and lower 70s inland for next week. 

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