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The end of summer weather?

A cold wind stirred leaves and scarves, playing the role of fall's harbinger on Friday. "I guess it depends on what your definition of a nice day is," said Vince Godon, a meteorologist for the last 20 years at the National Weather Service office ...

Brenna Swendseid gets an early start on leaf raking
Brenna Swendseid gets an early start on leaf raking at her grandparents home on N. 4th St. in Grand Forks Friday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

A cold wind stirred leaves and scarves, playing the role of fall's harbinger on Friday.

"I guess it depends on what your definition of a nice day is," said Vince Godon, a meteorologist for the last 20 years at the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.

But there is some good news. Three days next week -- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- are supposed to be sunny or partly sunny with highs of 66 degrees in Grand Forks, according to the weather service. The lows will be in the mid-40s.

The sun and oddly consistent forecasted highs will probably be welcome after today, which is expected to bring a high of about 47 degrees and wind speeds of about 20 mph.

Put away your rakes until Sunday when the forecast says the high will be 58 degrees and the winds will slow to 7 to 9 mph. The low will be 40 degrees.

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And whatever you do, don't look at the bottom left of the state on the National Weather Service's website. There, several counties are colored purple and pink, spring colors that mean the opposite on the weather service's map -- winter weather advisory and winter storm warning, respectively.

"It's snowing in Bismarck right now and it's in the 40s here," Godon said Friday. "But if you're looking for any more days in the 80s it's not going to happen."

As late as Wednesday, the high reached 75 degrees. The last time it was 80 was Sept. 24.

Summer officially ended Sept. 22. Winter officially begins Dec. 21.

Call Glawe at (701) 780-1114, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1114 or email jglawe@gfherald.com .

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