The Deep South is immersed in a cold flow of air, and the chill will persist through Monday morning. Not until Tuesday will a milder southwesterly wind allow temperatures to rebound to normal.
It was cold enough across Florida that spotty reports of wet snowflakes and sleet mixed in with light rain showers occurred near Tampa late Saturday night.
Though Sunday night brought sub-freezing temperatures across the interior of the northern third of Florida, the state has seen colder temperatures at this time of the year. Record lows for the first week of March have included: Tallahassee at 20 F, Jacksonville at 23 F, Gainesville at 22 F, Tampa at 29 F, Orlando at 25 F and Fort Myers at 33 F. These records will go untouched.
The rest of the Southeast had low temperatures in the 20s Sunday night.
Turning the page to Tuesday, the weather will be noticeably warmer especially from Georgia southward. To the north, however, it will remain on the cool side early in the week and another shot of cold will hit the the Carolina region Wednesday. That next surge of cold air will be accompanied by snow late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina could get a few inches then and up to a foot of snow will fall on the Smoky Mountains.
The system bringing the snow is the one that will cause widespread travel delays and cancellations in the Midwest Tuesday and the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic Wednesday. This storm is not likely to turn up the coast which means New England probably will not get this one. More about this big storm can be found in this news story.
The thumbnail image of frozen berries is courtesy of photos.com.
A brief warmup is in store for residents of the Northeast this weekend before more fall-like conditions return.
Following a bout of stormy weather that has lingered through the week, drier and more tranquil weather will move into the Atlanta area for the weekend.
Chicago is facing a mostly clear weekend with the threat of some disruptive thunderstorms on Saturday.
The peak of hurricane season, among other things, arrives in the fall.
A search for a sheriff's deputy in Austin, Texas, will continue Friday, after she called for help as she was trapped in flood waters.
New Orleans, LA (1947)
Hurricane eye over New Orleans; barometer reading of 28.61 inches; 51 lost, $110 million.
Brownsville, TX (1967)
Hurricane Beulah dumped 12.19" of rain, setting a 24 hour rainfall record.
Central U.S. (1991)
Record Cold Location Temp Old Record Huron, S.D. 23 24/1896 Dickinson, N.D. 25 30/1957 Lubbock, Texas 42 44/1971 Grand Island, Neb. 27 32/1938 Kansas City, Mo. 33 47/1979 Chicago, Ill. 40 41/1873