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First Fall Freeze To Impact Much of Northeast, South

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It’s the first real cold snap of the season for the upper Midwest and the Northeast, and it’s coming right on time.

Snowflakes were spotted on Saturday near Cleveland, Ohio and Burlington, Vermont – not accumulating in either city – but the flakes offered a frozen reminder about winter’s looming arrival after a warmer-than-average September and early October across much of the region. Accumulating snow – up to more than 5 inches’ worth – was reported in northern Michigan on Saturday morning, although the majority of the wet snowfall had melted by Saturday afternoon. Marquette, Michigan recorded 3.0″, and several locations reported a 1-3″ dusting for the first snowfall of the season for the region.

The snow spread eastward into the Green and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire on Saturday. Higher elevations, generally above 2500 feet, received a few wet inches of snow, the first accumulating flakes of the year at about the time of year that the area typically sees its first snowflakes.

Meanwhile, the first true cold snap of the season was set to impact the East Coast metropolis into early Sunday. Freeze watches and warnings were posted for much of the colder suburbs of the Northeast I-95 urban corridor, including Boston, Massachusetts; New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Washington, DC suburbs. Frost advisories were in place for Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland and a freeze watch was in place for Boston as of Saturday evening. Highs in Boston and New York City aren’t expected to climb out of the 40s on Sunday, a full 15 degrees below average.

Gradual warming will return to the Midwest and Northeast at the start of the work week as temperatures should return to seasonable levels across most of the Midwest by Monday and the Northeast by Tuesday.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @JeffreyDemars

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