Gloomy weekend ahead

We'll have plenty of sunshine (and wind!) today, but forecasters are calling for clouds and chances for showers beginning after lunch time on Saturday as a "clipper" system blows through the region. There may be snow showers in the mountains. "Slight" rain chances continue through Saturday night and Sunday before things clear up for the new week.

The wind has been pretty steady here at The Sun this morning, blowing between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph at mid-morning. There were big tornadoes of leaves in Charles Village on the ride down St. Paul St. And yesterday the lower part of I-83 South, through Timonium and Lutherville, was under a shower of leaves as stiff winds rattled the trees along the highway. In addition to the snow this morning on Keyser's Ridge (above), there was a dusting of snow up in Frostburg. Ditto for Deep Creek Lake.

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The fall colors around the city seem to have really peaked this week, after what seemed like a slow, and very brown start. Maybe some of this rain has put some color in the show. But after this wind, the trees will be a lot barer for Thanksgiving.

The cloudy weekend will wreck our chances for a view of the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower Sunday morning. More on that here later today.

As for next week, it looks like we'll have plenty of sunshine and seasonably cool temperatures until Thanksgiving, which may see a return of autumn showers and mild temperatures, near 60.

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