In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned residents that they could lose power due to the anticipated wet, heavy snow.
Dan Patrylak recently moved from Arizona back to New England and was looking forward to seeing snow on the ground again, happily picking up two new ice scrapers in Connecticut at the start of his weekend.
“In Phoenix, it’s 113 all summer long,” the 79-year-old Patrylak, of Glastonbury, said Friday. “So, it just depends on where you are and what the weather is and you learn to accept that. Whatever it is, I’m going to be ready for it.”
In New England, the first measurable snow usually falls in early December, and normal highs for late October are in the mid-50s.
“This is just wrong,” said Dee Lund of East Hampton, who was at a Glastonbury garage Friday getting four new tires for her car before a weekend road trip to New Hampshire.
Lund said that after last winter’s record snowfall, which left a 12-foot snow bank outside her house, she’d been hoping for a reprieve.
But not everyone was lamenting the unofficial arrival of winter.
Two Vermont ski resorts, Killington and Mount Snow, planned to start the ski season early by opening one trail each over the weekend, thanks to the recent snow and cold. Maine’s Sunday River ski resort also opened for the weekend.
In Hebron, Steve Hoffman had expected to sell a lot of fall fertilizer this weekend at his hardware store in Hebron. Instead, he spent Friday moving bags of ice melting pellets.
“We’re stocked up and we’ve already sold a few shovels,” Hoffman said. “We actually had one guy come in and buy a roof rake.”
Simpson cautioned that the early snowfall is not an indication of what the winter might bring.
“This doesn’t mean our winter is going to be terrible,” he said. “You can’t get any correlation from a two-day event.”
Temperatures should return to the mid-50s by midweek.
Associated Press writers Ron Todt in Philadelphia, David B. Caruso in New York, Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, N.J., and Clarke Canfield in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.