Widespread Cold Shot Likely Thanksgiving Week

By: Accuweather.com
By: Accuweather.com

While it's still a bit too early to say for sure who will be dealing with travel-disrupting rain, fog or perhaps even snow, there is a high level of confidence that the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be turning colder.

For a large portion of the Midwest, it will be cold enough for snow to develop with any storm systems that pass through the region. Whether or not the snow will be enough to significantly disrupt travel is still unclear.

What is certain is that this cold snap in the Midwest next week will come as a shock to many. People across the region have been enjoying above-normal temperatures over the last few weeks.

In fact, temperatures have averaged 5 to 10 degrees above normal in cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, Des Moines and Fargo since the beginning of the month. This has been a big change from the early-season cold waves that invaded the Midwest in October.

This AccuWeather.com Headline has more information on the major temperature swings Midwesterners have experienced from October into November.

The upcoming cold wave next week will finally bring temperatures back near typical levels. People traveling to the Midwest for Thanksgiving will need to pack all of their warm winter gear. High temperatures will likely range in the 30s in many areas, while lows dip into the 20s and even teens.

Across much of the South and East, temperatures are expected to fall below normal toward the end of next week. Highs are expected to range from the 30s across the interior Northeast to 40s in the mid-Atlantic and 50s across the Southeast.

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