Frost, freeze, big chill aims for Midwest, Northeast this weekend

May 7, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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The same storm bringing snow to the northern Rockies and High Plains now will drive a blast of freezing temperatures into the Upper Midwest and Northeast this weekend. Much cooler air will also invade the Southeast.

The reprise of wintry temperatures will follow rain and wet snow over the western Great Lakes and potentially destructive thunderstorms from the eastern Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley Friday night.

If you have purchased and/or planted tender plants and vegetables, you will want to protect them from the anticipated frost or freeze by covering them or bringing potted items indoors.

The risk area for a frost or freeze will stretch from eastern North Dakota and much of Minnesota to Ohio, Michigan and southwestern Ontario Saturday night, then as far east as the suburbs of the Interstate 95 cities from Richmond to New York City to Portland, Maine Sunday night.

Gusty winds will accompany the dramatic change to colder weather. For a time, AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures during daylight hours may dip into the 20s and 30s.

This weekend for much of the Midwest and Northeast will hardly be shorts and t-shirt weather. A warm jacket or hooded sweatshirt may be your best friend if you have any outdoor plans.

With the exception of the Florida Peninsula, in the Southeast, if you mind cool weather, you will probably need a jacket or sweater during the evening and night time hours.

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