Better make sure to get your warm coat out of the closet, because temperatures are about to drop straight into winter.
The National Weather Service said an arctic-sourced airmass will besweeping across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. duringthe next few days, bringing heavy rain across the southern Plains on Wednesday before moderate and heavy snow is forecastover interior New England by Thursday.
So this is our first storm system but I have to tell you, we have major cold air coming in Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and that will be a setup for measurable snow perhaps next week along the I-95 corridor, Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on Fox Friends. You have been warned.
MIDWEST, NORTHEAST TO SEE MEASURABLE SNOWFALL AS STORM SYSTEM GIVES WINTER PREVIEW
The NWS Weather Prediction Center said light snow is forecast to develop over the Upper Midwest through Wednesday night, bringing the hazard of slippery roads before moving into the Great Lakes.
Up to four inches of snow could fall in parts of Wisconsin and Michigan before the system moves into the Northeast by Thursday night into Friday morning. Snow was already falling in Green Bay, Wisc,. on Wednesday morning asLambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, shared images and video on Twitter of the heavy frozen precipitation coming down.
Parts of interior New England, especially Maine, may see over six inches of snow before the storm moves out Friday night.
Along the coast, its going to be too warm for snow, Dean said Wednesday, later addingSo this system is going to bring some measurable snow across some of these areas, but I am concerned with perhaps a system next week that could bring measurable snow along the coast.
Once the cold front and associated storm pass,arctic air will rush in and dominate much of the eastern two-thirds of the country except Florida and the central High Plains, according to the WPC.
WINTER LIKELY TO BE WARMER BUT HAVE LARGE SWINGS IN TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION, NOAA SAYS
Temperatures are forecast to be more than 20 degrees below normal for large portions of the Midwest, Northeastand Mid-Atlantic.
Actual low temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits across the northern Plains by Sunday morning, the WPC said. The arctic air will also promote the possibility of heavy lake-effect snow over the central Great Lakes by next Tuesday.
The NWS Twin cities that the air mass may bring temperatures to Minnesota that could break records set decades ago, in November 1986.
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The cold air in place combined with another possible storm system may bring the chance for measurable snow to the Northeast again next week, but this time for the major cities on the Interstate 95 corridor, according to Dean.
While winter doesnt officially begin until Dec. 21, government forecasters have advised there may be some large swings due tovolatile weatherpatterns. TheNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationsaid in itswinter outlookthat warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the U.S. this winter, with a wetter-than-normal season from December through February across thenorthern partsof the country.
But forecasters admittedthat global climate patterns that typically influencewinter weather patternsare weak this year, leading to complicated forecasts.
The Farmers Almanac, which says itbases its long-range forecaston a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818, has saidbitterly cold winter conditions will be in place from areas east of theRockiesall the way to theAppalachians, with thecoldest outbreakof the season arriving during the final week of January and lasting through the beginning of February.
TheFarmers Almanac saidthat this upcoming winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a Polar Coaster.B: