An unprecedented powerful arctic cold front is plunging through the U.S. and will deliver the coldest air of the season to the central, southern and eastern United States, shattering scores of mid-November records in the process. The front was nosediving on Monday night through Texas, the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Tennessee Valley.
Earlier Reuters reported, every state east of the Mississippi River, with the exception of Florida, is expected to see at least one record-cold temperature through Wednesday, said Alex Lamers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We’re seeing the potential for a freeze all the way down to the central Gulf Coast region, from Texas eastward,” he said by telephone from the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “That is several weeks earlier than the average first freeze for the region, and that could have an impact on crops.” The U.S. has struggled with their crop-growing seasons after they recorded the wettest year ever with many states experiencing torrential rain from early spring through to October.
According to Weather News, Tuesday's highs may be the coldest on record for Nov. 12 over a widespread area from the Northeast and Great Lakes into the Ohio Valley and lower Mississippi Valley. Highs may be stuck below freezing as far south as Tennessee and in the 40s as far south as the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
Meanwhile, The Weather Channel reports, a snowstorm will move from the Ohio Valley to the interior Northeast through Tuesday. Accumulating snow will affect travel in parts of those regions. The heaviest snow is likely from upstate New York to northern New England. We're expecting snow to fall as far south as Tennessee. The snow has already badly slowed air travel in some areas, particularly Chicago where over 500 flights were cancelled. Nationwide, nearly 1,000 flights had been cancelled due to snow and ice. Four people have died due to icy-roads and a passenger jet slid off the runway at O'Hare Airport, Chicago.