It’s finally starting to look like the fall of the entire country.
The West is already feeling the chill. The Plains, Midwest and Northeast will get a brief warm-up before feeling the approach of fall this weekend.
A coast-to-coast storm will affect at least 30 states this week, with a potential nor’easter threatening the Northeast.
“Behind this system, well-below normal temperatures should be cold enough to support snow accumulation at higher elevations in the central and northern Rockies tonight and into Thursday,” the WPC discussion said. “As colder air reaches the High Plains tomorrow, rain may also mix with or turn to snow over parts of the central High Plains.”
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Plains, Midwest and Northeast
The Southern Plains, Southern and Mid-Atlantic states will experience brief warming in the warm sector of the storm Thursday and part of Friday.
“South and east of this system, well above normal temperatures will spread across the Southern Plains, Midwest and East Thursday and Friday, with daytime highs likely in the 70s and even the 80s for some “, writes WPC.
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West and Plains
In the West this October there is a battle between autumn and summer. Cold air moving in behind a cold front pushes temperatures below average.
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A warm front from the same storm will bring summer temperatures back to the Plains and Mid-South. As the storm heads east, a cold front will help cool temperatures. Gusty winds will cause wind chills below freezing.
Another cold front approaches the West Coast on Sunday and Monday.
“Overall, we have a big dip in the jet stream. We’re kind of stuck in this wavy pattern that’s causing these storm systems,” Minard said. “This low will come out of the Rockies. It will move up to the Great Lakes. And as this low continues to combine, we will get a warm front that lifts the north-northeast coast.”
Even the South feels chilly this weekend as a front approaches.