Winter Comes Early to North East and Midwest — Snow and All

Heavy snow falls at sunset yesterday have covered the road in Illinois in a heavy blanket of snow (PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram)
Heavy snow falls at sunset yesterday have covered the road in Illinois in a heavy blanket of snow (PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram)

The U.S. got an early taste of winter this weekend after an icy blast sent temperatures in New York City plummeting into the 40s while Boston recorded its coldest October 18 ever.

The unseasonably cold weather has also seen many states covered in snow for the first time since last April.

Flurries were reported yesterday across Maine and New York while Michigan residents reported drifts of almost 6 inches near Darragh, according to the National Weather Service.

Marquette, Michigan, was covered in 2.5 inches of snow – the first time it has had any snowfall of that quantity in October for 14 years.

The heaviest snow fell in Oswego County, New York where the town of Mexico was covered in a blanket of 8 inches.

In New York City, the temperatures dropped down to the 40s while some areas reported it hitting as low was 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even though winter doesn’t officially start until December 22, freeze watches and warnings and frost advisories have now been issued from Missouri to Massachusetts, according to the Weather Channel.

Even states as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina dipped below freezing this weekend as many locations experienced their coldest temperatures since last Winter.

In New Jersey, temperatures were 15 degrees below what is expected for this time of year, falling to the upper 40s.

The chilly weather will get worse overnight when the mercury is expected to drop to the mid-20s in the state – triggering freeze warnings.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Hannah Parry