As we move into November and put Halloween behind us, temperatures drop across the country. A prolonged pattern of falling temperatures is set to take effect as the month goes on, resulting in a November that looks eerily similar to the one we saw last year.
The cold conditions are sweeping in with a cold front that’s beginning in the Northwest and sweeping down into the Plains. Following its swoop into the Midwest, the cold front will move across the Southeast, bringing below-average temperatures to all the regions it sweeps across.
What is Bringing the Cold Southward?
The northerly blasts of cold air are being propelled by a dip in the jet stream. As the northern winds encounter strong patterns to the east, they’re blown off-course into a southeasterly heading, bringing them into direct contact with the Continental US.
This weather pattern is expected to continue at least until the middle of the month. Through that time, expect to see below-average temperatures across the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s exactly what happened last year.
Early November Forecast
This weekend will likely begin the first frosts of the season for parts of the Southeast and the Ohio Valley. As the temperatures plunge well below seasonal averages for early November, areas like Memphis will likely see an early first frost. Generally speaking, areas in the Southeast don’t see a frost until mid-November.
Those plummeting averages mean lows in the 30s will be normal across the South, with highs in the high 50s. Parts of the Northeast will be seeing lows in the 20s, with highs in the high 40s or low 50s. This corresponds to temperatures being roughly ten degrees colder across the East Coast than is normal for this time of year.
Meanwhile, the Midwest will likely see temperatures as much as 15 degrees colder than their usual lows this time of year. As the jet stream continues to rake cold fronts over the region, snowfall and freezes are to be expected. While daytime highs might top out in the high 30s or lows 40s, gusty winds will likely make that feel much colder than it actually is.