Chilly weather may have Northeastern residents reaching for their sweaters

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A downright dreary pattern is unfolding across the Northeastern states, making some residents reach for a sweater and the thermostat. The combination of blustery winds, below-average temperatures, damp showers and even the potential for wet snow showers to occur across the highest elevations of the northern Adirondacks and interior New England are leaving many feeling like it's November rather than mid-October.

As the area of low pressure that carried a cold front across the East tracks into Atlantic Canada, cooler air from eastern Canada will wrap into the Northeast. As a result, a pattern of chilly winds will flow over the Great Lakes region, bringing periods of showers to the Northeast and New England through Tuesday.

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AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael LeSeney explained, "As cold air aloft settles over the relatively warmer waters of the eastern Great Lakes, the air will become increasingly unstable as bands of lake-effect rain develop downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario on Monday, leading to the possibility of lightning and waterspouts near the lakeshore."

That's exactly what happened during the day on Sunday near Cleveland, as numerous waterspouts were reported.

As cool air continues to filter over the eastern Great Lakes Monday and Monday night, lingering rain and high-elevation snow showers are expected.

LeSeney continued, "This mix will not likely accumulate much, but there could be a slushy covering of snow on unpaved surfaces in the highest elevations of the northern Adirondacks, as well as the Green and White Mountains".

There is hope for the mid-Atlantic states on Monday as a hint of warmth returns. Sunshine will spread across southern Pennsylvania with temperatures ranging in the low 60s.

By Monday night, low temperatures will remain chilly for most across the Northeast and even parts of the Southeast. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures can range in the mid-30s to mid-40s overnight.

Tuesday will bring some relief as more seasonable temperatures and pleasant conditions spread throughout lower regions of the Northeast.

AccuWeather Meteorologist La Troy Thornton explained, "As high pressure passes over the Southeast, winds will generally turn more to the west and southwest for Tuesday and Wednesday. This wind shift will take the edge off the chill as skies clear out."

Although there will be an intermission from the chilly weather across the Northeast, forecasters are not convinced it will last for long.

Thornton went on to state, "A reinforcing shot of cold air is expected by the end of the week. Those who enjoyed the burst of warmth toward the end of last week might not want to miss out on the brief temperature rebound. After all, average highs are dropping quickly, and the summerlike warmth may not return before next year."

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