This weekend, cold, like we haven't seen since late winter.
And next week -- finally -- fall weather.
Severe weather in the region is taking a vacation, leaving room for cooler-than-average temperatures this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Tonight, put an extra blanket on the bed as it dips to 43 degrees. Daytime temperatures will hover in the 60s.
Early next week, though, the weather is expected to feel more like fall, with lows in the mid-50s and highs near the mid-70s.
Either are a pleasant reprieve from the squall line of thunderstorms that moved through the region during the late morning and early afternoon Thursday, leaving a small trail of destruction in its wake.
Such strong storms are standard for September, said meteorologist Rihaan Gangat, especially when hot, humid weather gives way to a cold front.
Winds downed power lines, numerous trees, including one that fell into a house, and even ripped a roof from a carport, according to the National Weather Service.
In Allegheny County, there were reports of downed trees in Bellevue and the Holiday Park section of Plum. In the Regency Park section of Plum, there was a report of minor flooding due to poor drainage. Trees and power lines toppled in McCandless.
Numerous trees and large limbs were blown down in Ford City, Armstrong County. A wooden roof was torn from a carport there, and thrown into a neighbor's yard. In Elderton, Armstrong County, trees were down along Cherry Road; in Garrett's Run, the winds downed some power lines and snapped telephone poles.
In Butler County, trees were down along Saxonburg Boulevard. In Sarver, trees and limbs as large as 6 inches in diameter fell along Heck Road.
In Indiana County, numerous trees were downed along Route 422. Trees were also down in Plumville, Marion Center and in Shelocta, where a tree was reported to have fallen onto a house.
In New Kensington, 1.25 inches of rain fell within 45 minutes. Elsewhere in Westmoreland County, trees were also downed in Sheerersburg.
According to weather service meteorologist Lee Hendricks, the damage was caused by straight-line wind associated with the thunderstorms. There were no reports of tornadoes.
First Published September 12, 2013 2:45 PM