Winter weather is on the way, and not everyone is happy about it.
Winter Is Coming
Cool fall breezes are quickly turning into gusts of wind, patches of rain, and even flurries of snow in the wake of Halloween. A succession of arctic blasts in the United States is predicted to result in record-low temperatures for mid-November.
East of the Rockies, cold weather is creeping in fast. A jet stream pattern will deliver frigid air from Canada into the eastern two-thirds of the U.S.
Currently, the cold air is blanketing the northern Plains and the upper Midwest. In just a few days, the winter blast will have its grasp on the East Coast as well. After that, another cold blast is expected to hit the Northern Rockies and Plains before climbing all the way south.
This week and next promise the potential of record-breaking cold weather. In the northern Rockies, Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes, expect highs in the 20s.
The Northeast gets off a bit luckier, as temperatures should stay in the 30s. The mid-Atlantic is holding onto the last remnants of warmth in the lower 40s. Even the South is not safe from winter’s arrival.
Temperatures there are expected to dip into the 30s, with even Florida experiencing dips into the 40s.
How Does This Compare to Last Year?
November 2018 was rather similar to November 2019 in that it got really cold really fast. If it seemed like last year skipped fall and went straight from summer to winter, expect much of the same this year.
This was one of the 10 coldest Novembers ever for Mississippi, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
November of last year set a record snow cover for any autumn month in the satellite era in North America. North America received more snow than it had in nearly half a century, which was attributed to cold blasts from the north.
This sounds a lot like what we’re seeing this year. But it’s too soon to tell what precipitation will look like for the United States this winter.
For now, there is at least some hope for the cold to break in the middle of November, giving us all a brief respite from winter’s early arrival.