"Autumn … the year's last, loveliest smile" wrote William Cullen Bryant. Nature's grand finale is in full play; a splash of Crayola color on the trees, the air cool and clean. Fewer bugs showing up on Doppler, too.

October can be manic, capable of 80s and 90s, but also towering drifts of snow. NOAA records show pioneers at Fort Snelling digging out from 11 inches of snow on this date in 1820. In 1880, a blizzard in western Minnesota left Canby buried under 20-foot drifts, which didn't melt until spring. Autumn 2015 has been a blessing, by comparison.

No drama brewing, but get ready for big temperature extremes and more wind. Another slap of Canadian air sets the stage for the first widespread freeze of the season Saturday morning. So long ragweed. Good riddance.

Strong south winds on the backside of a high pressure bubble warm us into the 60s early next week; 70F possible Monday before a storm spins up with rain late Tuesday into Wednesday. It won't be cold enough for s-s-snow looking out two weeks or so. After that all bets are off.