NWS: “First true touch of fall” arrives this weekend

    The GFS model output for Sunday morning

    The GFS model output for Sunday morning

    A strong cold front from the Great Lakes region will move through New Jersey Saturday, delivering much cooler weather for the latter half of the weekend, forecasters say.

    Temperatures will be in the 40s to around 50 degrees Saturday night and may not reach 60 degrees in many areas Sunday, and a breeze will make it feel cooler, according to the National Weather Service. 

    Before the front arrives, conditions will improve throughout Thursday, and Friday will be mostly sunny with seasonable temperatures.

    During Saturday morning, precipitation chances will increase, with “the best shot of rain for most of us,” a National Weather Service forecast discussion issued Thursday morning said.

    But precipitation won’t stick around for long, as the cold front will begin passing through the area during the late morning and early afternoon hours (depending on location), ending rain from the southwest to northeast.

    “The second half of Saturday should be better than the first,” the discussion said. “Then Saturday night through Monday looks dry as high pressure builds in from the south and spreads northward.”

    By early next week, near normal temperatures return, with NOAA forecasting a high of around 70 degrees and mostly sunny skies for both Monday and Tuesday. 

    Another reinforcing shot of cool air is then possible for the second weekend in October, according to WeatherWorks, a private forecasting agency based in Hackettstown, NJ. 

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