Cold air will descend over almost the entire contiguous US next week, with the National Weather Service forecasting high temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below average for much of the nation.
Frost warnings were in effect Saturday morning for millions of people in the south, from Texas to Alabama.
According to an AccuWeather forecast, snowstorms could hit the eastern half of the US later next week, hitting 2,000 miles from Texas to New York. Earlier this week, snow fell in the central north of the US.
“With cold air already in place, there’s little doubt that next week there will be snow stretching a long distance,” AccuWeather Long Range Meteorologist Joe Bauer said:.
According to the Weather Service, several inches of snow is possible around the Great Lakes of northern Michigan.
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With lingering cold air lingering, snow could build up quickly — but “thanks to the dry air and the expected rapid movement of the storm, a blockbuster snowstorm isn’t likely,” AccuWeather reports.