***Very cold through Monday for the East Coast***
***Sleet and freezing rain for the Southern Plains***
***Lake effect snow expected through Sunday***
An Arctic airmass has invaded the eastern half of the country this
weekend, and this is bringing the coldest weather so far this season. An
impressive surface high has settled southward out of Canada, and this is
expected to bring widespread sub-freezing high temperatures from the
Central Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and locations northward. The presence
of gusty winds will only make it feel colder, with wind chills falling
below 10 degrees during the nighttime hours. These conditions would even
be considered cold by January standards!
Over the Southern Plains, a widespread sleet and freezing rain event is
ongoing and is forecast to continue through Sunday night as a shallow
layer of cold air surges under a warmer layer aloft. Winter storm
warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for much of New
Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma for significant sleet and ice accumulations,
along with some snow on the northern edge of the precipitation. A cold
rain is expected for southern Texas and into Louisiana.
Elsewhere, lake effect snow showers are expected downwind of the Great
Lakes through Sunday as the Arctic air flows over the warmer lake waters.
Some of these areas are under lake effect snow warnings, with amounts in
excess of six inches possible. The only warm weather across the country
will be in California, the lower elevations of Arizona, and Florida.
**The image in this article is the amount of precipitation expected through Wednesday morning so as you make your Thanksgiving travels especially to the east coast check the weather and flight information before you leave. Thanksgiving day itself does look quiet for much of the country.