The chilliest air of the season so far will yield frosty mornings around Charlotte, N.C., and surrounding communities through Saturday.
Folks heading out in the morning may need to scrape the windshield and warm the car up for a few minutes beforehand.
In the coldest spots, temperatures can dip below freezing with the coldest morning likely to be Saturday throughout the region.
In perspective, the earliest the temperature has dipped to or below 32 degrees at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, N.C., was October 9, 2000, when the low was 31 degrees.
Tender potted plants should be brought indoors. Plants worth salvaging in the ground should be covered.
A large area of high pressure will drift southward from the Midwest and is forecast to settle over the interior South.
It will not be until later in the weekend when temperatures will begin to rebound.
As a consolation to the chilly air, much of the time will be free of clouds right through Sunday.
The rain is here to stay in Seattle, as showers and cloudy skies takeover the week's weather.
Two storms will bring high winds to the United Kingdom and Ireland this weekend.
A storm will drop heavy snow and disrupt travel from parts of the Midwest to a large part of the Northeast by Sunday.
Wintery weather will not let up anytime soon in Chicago, as the city will experience cold, snow and ice this week.
The coldest air of the season so far has descended on northeastern Pennsylvania and the I-80/I-81 corridors. A storm will move in Saturday and tap into some of that cold air.
Charleston, SC (1899)
3.9" snow; greatest single storm total and 24- hour total for city.
Dover, DE (1899)
24.0" snow; December record.
The West (1995)
Monster storm slams into coast. Winds gusted to nearly 120 mph at Sea Lion Caves, OR. 80 mph winds at San Francisco, CA. 12.25" of rain fell in Marin, CA. 1.5 million people in the Bay area without power.