NWS: Cold blast moves in for Election Day, chilly week ahead

Temperatures are lower than average for the area this week, but rain will hold off for Election Day on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

Those heading to the polls can expect a partly sunny day with high temperatures in the upper 40s.

“It’s definitely going to be noticeably cooler than it has been,” said forecaster Craig Evanego.

Temperatures consistently drop throughout the fall season, but Evanego said the majority of this week is about 10 degrees off the norm.

“Normally in the area for this time, you’ll see highs in the mid-50s,” he said. But starting Monday, the cool weather continues to drop — including a night (Friday) expected to be in the upper 20s leading into the weekend.

There’s a good chance of showers with possible thunderstorms today and highs in the low 60s. With the storm comes a cold front that could drive temperatures down into the 50s by the afternoon.

“And as that front passes, it could turn breezy,” Evanego said.

The skies are expected to clear up overnight as colder mid-30 degree weather takes over and welcomes the drop for the rest of the week.

After Election Day Tuesday, temperatures that night are expected to be in the low 30s.

Skies will stay mostly sunny Wednesday with highs in the upper 40s and then a night in the low 30s. Thursday is expected to be similar with a slight cool dip.

Overnight Friday a colder weekend begins with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.

“It’ll be in the 40s again Saturday with an increase in clouds Saturday night with lows in the 30s,” Evanego said.

There’s an outside chance of a shower Sunday.

Aside from some expected ups and downs outside of the norm, this week is noticeable off what is considered typical.

“It does look like there could be a moderation a bit heading into next week,” Evanego said. “But that’s getting too far out to tell. But it’ll get consistently colder and the days shorter.”