Down came the rain … along with the leaves

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A cold and rainy weekend dulled autumn’s final colors just a little bit. The weather may have even shortened the season a little by bringing down many of the brilliant leaves.

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Maple leaf

Skies were expected to clear today and tonight. However, with clearer skies comes colder lows at night.

Temperatures tonight are forecast to dip below the freezing mark.

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Kennedy eats against a colorful background.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh posted on Facebook that “the beginning of November will be a little warmer than the last few days of October for the region.”

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Raindrops make ripples above some submerged leaves.

Forecasters were expecting a southerly flow to warm things up to the low to mid 50s for this area.

However, those warmer temperatures came with chances of rain ranging from 30 to 70 percent for every day through Sunday.

And some of the region may even see a few flakes Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. Although, there’s only a 20 percent chance of snow.

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Last week, the cool nights led to the formation of fog on a few autumn mornings.

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Sherman on a foggy morning

The colder air also saw some more birds visiting the feeder. Although, several goldfinches preferred harvesting seeds from the catnip mint plants in the garden.

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A goldfinch

Meanwhile, some unfortunate pets were forced to model hats to celebrate Halloween.

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Ernie, Sherman, Buford and Sadie


(A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford, Sherman and Sadie, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at bigdogs.thederrick@gmail.com)