Snowstorm, First of Season, Could Hit Midwest Due to Arctic Cold Front

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 03:34 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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While this time of the year is ripe for the Great Lakes to get hit with its first snowstorms of the year, forecasters are awaiting the upcoming Arctic cold front, according to Weather.com. 

An Arctic blast from Canada is expected to reach all the way down to the Gulf Coast through Thursday, dropping temperatures to the 20s in the Midwest and leaving highs in the 50s in northern Florida.

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According to AccuWeather.com, the strongest lake-effect snow bands will hover around Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where six to 12 inches could fall. The snowfall would send precipitation down to portions of the Great Lakes. 

Snow could affect the Northeast's I-95 corridor, which could pose a challenge for travelers on Tuesday.

Highs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Nashville this week are expected to be 20 to 30 degrees colder than Monday's. AccuWeather reported places like Charlotte, N.C. and Atlanta could see snowflakes during the Arctic blast.

NBC News reported that parts of the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, the Appalachians, upstate New York and northern New England received some light snowfall Tuesday.

The worst of the weather so far affected morning rush hour commuters Tuesday in Chicago and New York, with snow severely reducing visibility for some commuters.

Some areas in the Northeast, Southeast, and the High Plains could face record low temperatures on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that the Old Farmer's Almanac predicted in September that the United States is headed for a colder winter for every region but the lower Great Lakes, upper Midwest and the northern states of the Northeast.  

"Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season," Janice Stillman, editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac, told The Associated Press.

The almanac predicts that after the chilly winter season, the country will go through a warm, dry spring and summer with the potential of drought persisting throughout the season.

Todd Crawford of Weather Services International (WSI) told Weather.com in October that the U.S. will see colder than normal temperatures in November but it will turn milder heading into 2014.

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