Weekend to bring rain, cold weather
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If your weekend plans include picnicking at Point State Park, you might want to consider a movie instead. After a final run with 70-degree weather Friday, temperatures will plummet by 15 degrees Saturday and another 5 degrees Sunday.
But don't call it bad weather.
"One person's storm, one person's terrible weather, is another person's great afternoon," said John Darnley, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.
This weekend, a cold front will bring in some unseasonably cooler temperatures. A normal high temperature at this time of year peaks around 65 degrees, but meteorologists are calling for a high of 49 Sunday.
Southerly winds will drop temperatures to a high of 56 degrees Saturday, and northwest winds will generate "bone-chilling cold air" Sunday, Mr. Darnley said.
The forecast also predicts light rain Saturday morning and a 50 percent chance of showers Sunday.
"We've had some very comfortable conditions over the past couple weeks here. But listen, we need some rain. Our water tables are just getting up to normal," Mr. Darnley said.
Aside from possible flurries in the Chestnut Ridge region this weekend, snow has not yet been predicted. As for the long-range winter forecast, it is difficult to determine.
"We don't have a really strong indicator as to what's going to happen this winter just yet," Mr. Darnley said.
Last year, there were well-established oscillation climate patterns that made it easier to predict the winter weather. Currently, there is an equal chance of having a winter that is warmer or colder than normal.
There could be mild temperatures like last year -- or a downpour of snow.
While many Pittsburghers may not want a repeat of winter 2010, some are hoping for more snow this season to compensate for the unseasonably warm weather last year.
"I ski, and I'm looking forward to a healthy season this year," Mr. Darnley said.
First Published October 6, 2012 12:00 am