We certainly enjoyed a some late summer warmth on Thursday as we broke the record high for Oct. 29th at Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee. The thermometer reached 76 breaking the previous 1946 record of 74. Now we're back to autumn chill and even another winter preview tomorrow morning with a frosty start in the 20s, but another warm-up is in the extended First Warning forecast. 70 or better will likely return Wednesday and Thursday next week. In fact, the upper wind pattern, the jet stream will feature a dip out west likely bringing ski resorts some first snows and a ridge in the southeastern U.S. This will influence the first half of November for us by delivering warmer than average temperatures. Perhaps we can thank El Nino, as this phenomenon of warmer than average surface water in the equatorial Pacific will be a major player for our upcoming winter in bringing us at least occasional rounds of mild weather.
Keep in mind, these patterns can shift quickly, so it's likely we'll see a return to a winter preview (and maybe even our first winter white on the ground) late in the month.
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