A wintry air mass will cake decorative pumpkins with frost and put people in the mood for hot apple cider on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Freeze advisories, watches and frost warnings are in effect for over 100 million people from eastern Colorado to the Appalachians – and all the way south to the Gulf Coast.
“Many locations will experience their first freeze of the season over the next few nights, which will be particularly impactful for sensitive crops and livestock,” the Weather Prediction Center said.
“This first freeze is 10-15 days early at most climate stations,” the National Weather Service in Memphis wrote Tuesday morning, “with Memphis’ average first freeze day being slightly later on Nov. 12.”
The forecast center said temperatures will be 15 to 30 degrees below average for the next few days.
“Widespread high and low temperature records may be tied or broken over the Middle/Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast today, then over the Central/Southern Appalachians and Florida on Wednesday,” the prediction center said.
The cold will bring snow to parts of the Great Lakes.
Over a foot of snow has already fallen on the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Wisconsin over the past few days. “Moderate to heavy snow is also expected across parts of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula today,” the prediction center said.
Cold northwesterly winds on the back of the storm system will continue to generate snow effect in some areas.
By this weekend, above normal temperatures in the West will have pushed across the eastern half of the country, bringing a quick end to this early arrival of winter temperatures.