Halloween cold snap over Lower 48 states is setting records

The first major cold snap of the winter has sent temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below average across nearly the entire Lower 48 states on this Halloween. It’s also bringing the first freezing nights of the season to many in the eastern U.S.

Want to know how your actions can help make a difference for our planet? Sign up for the Climate Coach newsletter, in your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday. About 135 million Americans were under frost or freeze alerts as Tuesday began with the growing season coming to an abrupt end even into the Deep South. Freeze warnings are in effect from Texas to southwest Virginia for Wednesday morning.

Dozens of record lows are predicted from Texas to Maine through Thursday after several were set Tuesday morning in the Plains. Temperatures even plummeted below zero in North Dakota Tuesday morning.After dropping out of Canada late last week, unusually cold weather has overtaken most of the country. Temperatures are below seasonal norms pretty much everywhere except the West Coast, where the cold has already begun to depart, and Florida, where the chill will trickle in Wednesday. headtopics.com

Tuesday’s highs are only forecast to reach the 20s from the Dakotas into northwest Minnesota, with highs in the low 30s in the central Plains, Iowa and the western Great Lakes. Even into the Oklahoma City area, highs are only expected to reach the 40s.

In some spots, precipitation is accompanying the cold air, making it look more like Christmas than the year’s spookiest day.in Glasgow, Mont., with four inches on the ground. Much of northern and central Rocky Mountains, including the Denver area, North Dakota and northern Maine also awakened to a white Halloween.Snow is starting to stick to roads so allow extra time on your morning commute.osted a record Halloween snowfall of two inches. headtopics.com

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