The coldest air of the season and spotty snow has settled into the East and South, making many people wonder if the wintry weather will stick around for long.
The wave of arctic air that settled into the East and South Tuesday is not a sign of how the weather will play out for the balance of the month.
Temperatures will rebound from West to East later this week and will end with near- to above-average readings by the weekend for most areas from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast.
The seeds of the warmup are already beginning over the northern Plains and will expand into the Midwest Wednesday and the Northeast on Thursday. The initial warmup in these areas will be accompanied by gusty winds, which will be rather harsh at first.
By the weekend, high temperatures in the 50s will be common from the central Plains to the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic, with highs in the 60s over much of the interior South and a return of 70-degree readings along the Gulf coast.
Initially, the warmup will be free of precipitation in most areas. However, as moisture is drawn northward from the Gulf of Mexico, rain showers will erupt over parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley Saturday. Rainfall will then swing eastward Saturday night, reaching the Appalachians and parts of the East Coast on Sunday.
While another shot of cold air will progress to the South and East during next week the pattern by the week of Thanksgiving will favor some snow and cold conditions for parts of the West and northern Plains with mild air in the South, much of the Midwest and along the Atlantic Seaboard.
AccuWeather.com will explore travel weather for the week of Thanksgiving beginning the week of Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Cold air and flurries are in store for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but should not significantly impact voter turnout.
Snow and slippery travel will arrive in the mid-Atlantic states prior to the middle of the week.
Waves of arctic air invading the eastern half of the United States this week will culminate with the coldest weather of the season so far for some areas by the Valentine's Day weekend.
Chilly air will visit New Orleans this year for the annual Mardi Gras celebrations and linger over the city until later in the week.
Warmer air will build from California to Washington into Tuesday raising temperatures to near-record levels and increasing the risk of wildfires in some areas.
Storm Imogen battered parts of England and Wales with powerful winds and downpours Sunday night into Monday.
New England (1741)
Greatest snow of Hard Winter 1740/1741: 3ft near Hartford.
Washington, D.C. (1870)
President Grant signed a measure establishing a Federal meteorological service; later assigned to Signal Corps, U.S. Army. Riverside Ranger Station 1933 -66 deg., U.S. record for Feb. (48 states). Yellowstone Park
Stillwater Reservoir, NY (1934)
State record low temperature -52 degrees.