Mother Nature wasn’t messing around with the cold across parts of the Great Lakes, Midwest and Northeast on Mother’s Day.
Widespread record cold temperatures and bitterly cold air for mid-May led to a frosty look of things on Sunday morning, and that even came with more than a handful of reports of snowfall.
First things first, though: take a look at just some of the record low temperatures that were shattered on Sunday morning with this unseasonably late cold snap:
That’s a wide swath of geography covered by Sunday morning’s record lows, stretching from parts of the South all the way north into the Great Lakes, and east to the Atlantic coastline. This is due to true Arctic air spinning south from northern Canada, an offshoot of the so-called polar vortex. That dragged in a deep upper trough of low pressure, and unseasonably cold air for this time of year.
But of course, it wasn’t just cold that was part of the equation on Mother’s Day weekend. Snow fluttered across the skies of the Northeast and Midwest on both Saturday and Sunday, leading to record snowfall amounts for some.
Across the East Coast, a handful of snow squalls gave the second week of May a more February-like feel on Saturday afternoon and evening. For more on Saturday’s snow across the East, Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo has more here.
In parts of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, as much as three inches of snow fell. Most of this came late Saturday night and Sunday.
What a wintry sight for Mother’s Day!
The good news: the snow and cold should gradually moderate this week. By next weekend, there are hints that temperatures should be running above average for this time of year, meaning places that dropped at or below freezing on Sunday could spike up into the 70s or 80s in just a few days.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the cold, snow and unseasonably chilly air across the East on Mother’s Day.