Another Night of Cold Temperatures in the East
Temperatures will plummet again tonight from the Ohio Valley into the Southeast. Freeze Warnings continue for 14 states from the Central Plains into the Deep South. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for areas along the Appalachian Mountains from Maryland to Tennessee as wind chills tumble below zero. With the cold temperatures sticking around for another night, Freeze Watches are out for Friday morning in Eastern Tennessee.
Lows in the teens and 20s will be found Thursday morning from the Great Lakes to North Florida under clear skies. A Hard Freeze Warning has been issued in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida for temperatures in the 20s tonight.
Even with sunshine, Thursday afternoon highs will remain below average. Highs will only reach into the 40s into the Tennessee Valley. It will barely make 60 degrees down to the Gulf Coast.
A slow moving area of high pressure has pushed south from Canada over the last few days, spilling down the chilly temperatures. The high will only shift slightly Friday, keeping the cold air around to the end of the work week. By the weekend, the high will push into the Atlantic Ocean and temperatures will start to climb as southerly winds behind the system will begin to pull up warmer air.
Lows on Friday morning won’t be as cold, but will still be well below average. 20s will drop as far south as the Smoky Mountains. Temperatures around freezing will be possible into North Florida.
Friday afternoon highs will begin to warm with southerly winds and sunshine. 60s and 70s will return to most of the Southeast, bringing an end to this late season cold snap.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels