Blast of cold air: Here’s who will see freezing temperatures this week

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Winter is coming for many this week, with the first significant snowfall of the season for some, and freezing temperatures for millions more.

Last week we were talking about nice fall temperatures, and now someone has turned it into winter. This will be, by far, the coldest air of the season.

So stay, as I intend to do.

“This evening’s high will definitely feel the chill!” The National Weather Service office in Nashville said.

Along with temperatures 15-25 degrees below normal across much of the East, winds will be strong, making it even colder. Nashville will only dip into the mid-50s to around 60 today, with bone-chilling cold.

Atlanta will be colder than New York City on Tuesday, with highs only reaching the low 50s.

Tuesday night will be even colder, in the 20s as far south as parts of Arkansas and Tennessee.

“Tuesday night will be the coldest night … all locations are expected to be under ice,” the Nashville weather service said. “Metro Nashville should freeze too.”

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The Weather Prediction Center said many cool daytime and nighttime low temperature records could be broken Monday and Tuesday due to cold air.

“This could be the first freeze of the season across the Central Plains, Central Mississippi Valley and Ohio/Tennessee Valleys, affecting sensitive crops/livestock,” the Weather Prediction Center said.

Here are some major cities expecting below-freezing lows this week:

  • Kansas City
  • San Luis
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Atlanta

See how low the temperatures will be where you live.

In the Upper Midwest, the impacts will be even greater. A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin, where 4-8 inches of snow could fall through Wednesday.

However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an isolated area get as much as a foot or two of snow with the strong early season system.

“Guidance continues to indicate historic early season snowfall potential across the eastern UP, and the combination of northerly winds of 50 mph and persistent fall foliage could cause widespread power outages,” the Marquette weather service warned.