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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 17 2013

Weather Talk: Warmer days will come again, and so will winter

The colder side of autumn weather has finally arrived. The first frost came quite late this year, but now frosts and freezes will be a regular morning scene.

Eventually there will come a day cold enough for the frost to linger most of the day, and walking across a grass field will leave semi-permanent footprints. The colder weather will likely bring pellets of sleet, a few wet snowflakes, and even graupel (those Styrofoam-like pellets of half snow and half ice). On these days with mixed showers, it will be possible to “see” your breath.

But warmer days will come. After we have had days around 40 degrees, anything approaching 60 degrees feels pretty good. If we are lucky enough to get another day or two in the 70s, those days will be almost heavenly.

Snow will inevitably come. Last year, our first snow of more than an inch had already happened on Oct. 4. But the date of the first snow varies greatly from year to year and is impossible to predict much in advance. It could happen yet this month. It is likely in November and virtually guaranteed by sometime in December. One way or another, winter will arrive.

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