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Lake-effect rain, autumnal temperatures forecast this weekend

Lake-effect precipitation is slipping into the weather conversation again this weekend.

The National Weather Service said a chilly air mass – which will be just a few degrees above freezing about 5,000 feet above the water – is expected to pass over a still 69-degree Lake Erie.

"Such an air mass will certainly be plenty cool enough to provoke a lake response," the National Weather Service said.

This early season lake response will fall in the form of rain, however.

Expect to notice lake-effect clouds with some scattered showers. Precipitation is expected to be limited, forecasters said.

Weekend temperatures will feel noticeably autumnal. Daytime highs on Saturday are forecast to top out near 60 degrees (and, only in the 50s in the hills) with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 40s. Partly sunny conditions are expected Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60s, the weather service said.

Temperatures are expected to rebound back above normal next week with temperatures in the low to mid-70s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, forecasts show.

Are signs pointing to an early awakening of the polar vortex?

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