MINNEAPOLIS – As the season's first bitter cold spell gripped the Upper Midwest on Wednesday, schools and officials farther east braced for the icy blast to spread their way as early as Thursday. People in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin were under a wind chill advisory Wednesday from the National Weather Service, as were parts of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Wednesday's highs ranged from 20 to 30 degrees below average in the northern U.S., according to the weather service. The temperature was 4 below in Fargo, North Dakota, early Wednesday, and a daylight reprieve in the single digits was short-lived, with lows Thursday morning forecast to be around minus-12. Duluth, Minnesota, was forecast for an overnight low of minus-5.
Janice Dean has your FoxCast. The official start of winter may be more than a month away, but an early preview is on the way for later this week in parts of the Midwest and Northeast. The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said a storm system is forecast to produce the first "measurable snowfall of the season" for parts of the eastern Great Lakes, northern Mid-Atlantic and New England through Friday. A series of weak storms this week is bringing a mix of rain and snow across the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes, helping to set the stage for more wintry weather later this week, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean. WINTER LIKELY TO BE WARMER BUT HAVE'LARGE SWINGS' IN TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION, NOAA SAYS "There's some cold air moving in," Dean said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday.
Amanda Wreggelsworth, of Portland, Maine, photographs the frigid sunrise as it highlights a bank of clouds over Casco Bay, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Portland, Maine. Much of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will stay cold for the next couple of days as the arctic air remains stuck over the northern Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. Amanda Wreggelsworth, of Portland, Maine, photographs the frigid sunrise as it highlights a bank of clouds over Casco Bay, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Portland, Maine. Much of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will stay cold for the next couple of days as the arctic air remains stuck over the northern Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.
Although many parts of the Northeast faced unusually warm weather Wednesday, temperatures were expected to quickly drop across many east coast areas by Thursday morning, according to weather reports. A snowstorm is expected to hit areas stretching from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., with some cities receiving as much as two inches of snow per hour throughout the day. "It looks like the cold air will come in fast enough and the storm will strengthen enough to produce a swath of heavy, wet and accumulating snow from the mountains of northern Virginia and West Virginia to much of New England," meteorologist Mike Dill told AccuWeather. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City could see up to 12 inches of snow Thursday as the storm moves eastward from Midwest states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and northern parts of Kentucky Wednesday night. As the storm makes its way toward the east coast, parts of New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. will receive a bit of rain, which will eventually turn into snow as temperatures continue to drop.
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Plunging temperatures and gusty winds made their way Thursday into the Northeastern U.S., the next victim in the path of dangerously cold temperatures to hit the country. A strong Arctic cold front moved across the region with temperatures falling throughout the day and commuters, schools and outdoor workers slowing down, girding up, and taking precautions. Vermont public safety officials warned residents to limit their time outdoors at least through Friday with dangerous wind chills of minus-35 in the forecast. Some schools and government offices closed early in upstate New York ahead of lake-effect snow expected to bring 1 to 2 feet. In western Pennsylvania, lake-effect snow bands were blamed for slick roads and poor visibility.