A wide swath of the nation was bracing for an early season blast of cold, wintry weather that could smash records from New Mexico to New Jersey and bring more than a foot of snow to parts of Michigan.
“148 daily record lows are currently forecast to be broken, tied, or come within 1 degree between Tuesday and Thursday this week,” the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center tweeted Sunday.
Record lows were expected across the South and Midwest on Tuesday, when parts of Texas could drop to 16 degrees. Cities in Texas and Louisiana were predicted to reach highs in the mid-40s, breaking long-standing records.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said the calendar will say mid-November, but the temps will scream mid-January across much of the nation, starting Monday in the Upper Midwest and slowly sliding south and east.
“Monday will be worst in the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin the Dakotas,” Pydynowski said. “Highs in the teens, lows in single digits. But they laugh at that in Fargo.”
High temperatures on Monday may be stuck in the teens and 20s in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes. It could be the coldest Veterans Day on record in Chicago and Minneapolis, according to the Weather Channel. Parts of Michigan could see up to a foot of snow by Monday morning, the weather service in Marquette, Michigan, warned.
“Note that several inches more are expected during the day tomorrow (Monday), into tomorrow night and Tuesday,” the weather service said.
By Tuesday, record cold is possible in the Northeast, Ohio Valley and portions of the South. The cold will sweep into the southern Plains and Ohio Valley. People living in parts of the Texas Panhandle up to Tulsa, Oklahoma, should allow extra time for the Monday morning commute to allow for icy, slippery conditions, AccuWeather warned.
The high Tuesday in Dallas is forecast for 44 degrees – 24 degrees below average for the date. By Tuesday night, Dallas is forecast for a low of 22 degrees. The record for the date is 21 degrees.
Sunday’s high in Brownsville, Texas, was forecast for 80 degrees. Tuesday’s high: 46 degrees.
By Wednesday the coldest temps drift east. Boston down to Washington, D.C., will challenge record lows for the date.
It’s not just cold that is coming. A wintry storm is set to track through the southern Plains early this week, bringing a threat of freezing rain and bitterly cold air.
“Temps will drop quickly beginning late this afternoon, while light snow is possible across the area Monday morning,” the weather service in Kansas City tweeted Sunday. “Beyond that, just very cold.”
The cold will dip deep into the South. Highs may get only into the 30s as far south as Alabama.
“Check out our high temperature tumble due to a frontal passage Monday night,” the weather service in Birmingham tweeted. “Between 25-30 degrees difference Monday-Tuesday. We continue the slide Tuesday night with lows in the 20s, some pockets of upper 10s!”
Contributing: Grace Hauck