Millions of people across the eastern half of the country are enduring the coldest air of the season thus far with brutal temperatures and wind extending all the way into the South.
Many places have also picked up record snow or the first measurable snow of the season in the last few days.
This record-setting arctic blast, which could be one of the worst of this entire winter for some places, has been an early visitor. Coming on the heels of another cold outbreak last week, temperatures are averaging 8 to 10 degrees below normal for the month in places such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando and Miami.
Tuesday night was another frigid one for the East with record-challenging lows dipping into the teens and 20s from Tennessee and the Carolinas into Florida. Farmers were forced again to stay up all night working to protect their fruit and vegetable crops.
Numerous records, some of which are more than 100 years old, fell throughout the Southeast Monday and Tuesday. In Norfolk, Va., the temperature only reached 28° Tuesday, setting a new record cold high that beat out the longstanding record of 29 from 1904.
Listed below are new record lows set or tied Tuesday with the previous record in parenthesis.
-Greenville, S.C.: 11° (11°/1917)
-Paducah, Ky.: 4° (6°/1985)
-Crossville, Tenn.: 4° (10°/1905)
-Lincoln, Ill.: -4° (-4°/1914)
-Roanoke, Va.: 10° (11°/1982)
-Jacksonville, Fla.: 20° (24°/1960)
-Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: 34° (34°/1962)
-West Palm Beach, Fla.: 32° (33°/1962)
-Key West, Fla.: 50° (50°/1962)
AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures, which provide a measure of how cold it feels with the wind factored in, have been even more brutal. These values have been below zero most of the last couple of days in Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
Even all the way south into Atlanta, RealFeel® temperatures dropped below zero Monday and Tuesday morning.
The blizzard that opened the gates for the flood of arctic air into the eastern half of the country also brought record snow to many places. This AccuWeather.com news story has the details on records that were set across the Midwest and Southeast.
A farm worker is dressed for the cold as he packs lettuce onto a pallet at TKM-Bengard Farms in Belle Glade, Fla.,Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. A cold front came through Florida bringing freezing temperatures. (AP Photo)
New York City picked up its first snow measuring more than a trace Monday night into Tuesday morning. Residents woke up to 1 to 3 inches of snow on the ground, while amounts up to 4 inches blanketed parts of Long Island.
The bitter cold was in full force in New York City as well with harsh winds bringing AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures below zero Monday night.
The cold will gradually start to ease today through the end of the week, though temperatures will still generally remain below normal in the East through much of next week.
More people could see their first significant snowfall of the season by early next week with prospects for one or more snowstorms.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
Sandra remains on track to make landfall in northern Mexico on Saturday, but it will be much weaker than its current hurricane status.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Wet weather with areas of ice and snow will stretch from Texas to Michigan and could impact shoppers and slow travel during Black Friday.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential to cause flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
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