Get ready: October chill is coming to northern Ohio

CLEVELAND - Your outdoor cleanup list is as long as your arm. Sweep off the patio. Put away the lawn furniture. Winterize the lawn.

Better start working on that list now, while the weather is warm. Current forecasts strongly suggest a pattern change is coming late this week to northern Ohio.

Take a look at how temperatures have been across the U.S. so far in October. We've been well above normal so far this month on the thermometer, while out west, they've been shivering.

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That is about to change. The cold air over the Rocky Mountains will slowly begin to slide east beginning this weekend. That means a burst of snow for the Central Plains, maybe even as far south as the Texas Panhandle. It also means some much needed rain for Texas and the Southern Plains.

Here in northern Ohio, the chill will likely arrive Thursday or Friday. Temperatures will struggle into the 50s by the weekend, as a cold upper level low pressure settles across the Great Lakes and Northeast states. With the upper low close by, I expect several rounds of chilly rain showers rotating in from the northwest Thursday through at least part of the weekend.

Believe it or not, the air will be cold enough just to our north for some folks to see Lake Effect Snow off of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan next weekend. We won't be that cold yet...

By Oct. 22, the coldest air from the west will have shifted east into the Ohio Valley. Look at those cool blues, suggesting temperatures a good 2-3 degrees below normal after next weekend. Cold enough for overnight frost? You bet. For many of you, the growing season will end between Oct. 22 and Oct. 27.

October is coming. Enjoy the warmth while you can!

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