Temperatures will make a radical plunge in parts of the central US from the 90s to 20s and 30s, delivering snow, and prompting rare September winter-related alerts, while the heat will continue on the west and east coasts.
On Monday, the National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted: “Well below and even record low temperatures are forecast in the central US by Wednesday.”
A strong cold front dropping out of Canada at the beginning of the week will send temperatures plummeting from the Dakotas to Texas by Wednesday, KTLA 5 reports. Areas that saw 90s and even triple digits will plunge down into 20s-30s, and some areas will see measurable snowfall, particularly in parts of the Rockies.
The unseasonable weather will definitely catch some people off guard, so be prepared to dress accordingly, and you may even want to seek out the best anti-wrinkle cream to protect your skin.
The high temperatures will continue on both the west and east coast for at least the next seven days, forecasters predict. Much of the west will remain under red flag fire alerts.
The cold front has prompted a number of alerts that span from the west, to the southwest, into the central US for Tuesday. More are anticipated for Wednesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following cold and-winter related alerts for the following areas on Tuesday.
Winter storm warning: northwestern, central, southwestern and eastern Wyoming; western and central Colorado; northern and central New Mexico.
Winter weather advisory: southwestern, central, northeastern and southeastern Wyoming; northern, central and southern Colorado; north-central New Mexico
Hard freeze warning: northern and northeastern Nevada;
Freeze warning: southwestern Oregon; northern California; western Montana; central and southeastern Idaho; northern, northeastern and central Nevada; eastern Utah; northern and central New Mexico; western, northeastern, and eastern Colorado; southeastern Wyoming; western Nebraska; western and northeastern North Dakota; northwestern Minnesota.
Frost advisory: northern Idaho.
West: San Francisco 84, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 86, partly cloudy; Reno 71, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 83, windy; Salt Lake City 53, rain; Denver 38, rain and snow.
Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 81, Medford 93, partly cloudy; sunny; Boise 67, sunny; Cut Bank 62, mostly sunny; Billings 52, partly cloudy; Minot 55, mostly sunny; Rapid City 47, rain.
Southwest: Phoenix 101, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 79, thunderstorms; El Paso 99, mostly sunny; San Antonio 89, thunderstorms; Brownsville 93, partly cloudy.
Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 91, thunderstorms; Dallas 89, thunderstorms; Oklahoma City 89, thunderstorms; Kansas City 63, thunderstorms; Minneapolis 54, rain.
Ohio Valley: Chicago 67, rain; St. Louis 90, thunderstorms; Detroit 65, thunderstorms; Cincinnati 89, sunny.
South: Houston 86, thunderstorms; New Orleans 88, thunderstorms; Memphis 92, sunny; Atlanta 87, sunny; Charlotte 86, mostly sunny; Jacksonville 83, thunderstorms; Tampa 89, thunderstorms; Miami 87, thunderstorms.
East: Norfolk 82, thunderstorms; Washington, D.C. 86, mostly sunny; Buffalo 73, rain; New York City 85, partly cloudy; Boston 83, mostly sunny; Caribou 79, partly cloudy.