Park goers soak up the sun before cold weather arrives

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – With temperatures in the low 70s, and possibly the last warm day before the winter chill sets in, people spent much of the day outside, soaking in the sun.

“You know, we normally run on treadmills indoors, but when the weather’s beautiful, we take advantage of that,” said Michael Doran, of Austintown.

“I have a fire pit in my backyard, and I’ll have a little fire, one of the last ones of the year in the outside,” said Larry Bundy.

The record high for today is 72 degrees, which was set in 1958. It looks like Friday may be a day for the record books.

Mill Creek and Boardman parks were full of people on Friday afternoon. They said they wanted to make the best of the day before the temperature drops to the 40s by midnight.

Meteorologist Matt Jones said the extreme change in temperature is coming from the west coast.

“This is all due to a cold front. A cold front is the leading edge of a cold air mass, so in the west right now, they’re seeing freezing temperatures. That cold air is going to make its way to the Valley tomorrow, which is why we are going to see that transition from rain into snow come late evening on Saturday,” Jones said.

If you’re going to be outside Friday night, make sure you bring some extra layers for that temperature drop. And, it just might be time to put away those shorts for good, because it looks like from here on in, we’re on the road to winter.