We are about to conclude what has turned out to be a very mild October. As of Thursday morning Portland's average temperature for the month was running 6 degrees above normal. That is significant. The temperature has yet to hit the freezing mark at the Portland Jetport and at my house we still have some flowers in the garden. So will this continue? The answer is no and the cooling trend is going to start on Friday. We should see partly sunny skies but an onshore wind will make for a cooler day as temperatures top out near 50. On Saturday an intensifying area of low pressure is expected to bring clouds and some rainfall to our region. Temperatures that day probably won't get out of the 40s. The storm is going to pull some very cold air down from Canada and we could see the rain mix with or change over to snow before ending Sunday afternoon. The warm ground should prevent much accumulation but some of the higher elevations could pick up a few inches. As the storm tracks into the maritimes on Sunday gusty northerly winds will bring even colder air into our region making it feel more like the beginning of December than November. Windy and cold weather will continue into Monday keeping our temperatures way below normal. Time to say goodbye to the flowers.

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