Those of us here in Bowling Green were not the only ones to wake up to below freezing temperatures; areas in every state fell below freezing at some point this morning. Yes, Florida and even Hawaii were included in this freeze. Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii hit 31° and freeze warnings were in effect for the Panhandle just a day after severe storms ripped through the area.
— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) November 18, 2014
Due to a deep trough, or dip in the jet stream, Arctic air has been pouring into the country, reaching as far south as the Gulf. Here in Bowling Green, wind chills are making the cold air feel up to 10° cooler than the recorded temperature. We may not have broken any record lows this morning, but the air was definitely cold enough to have a bite.
— Justin Rudicel (@ChasingtheMeso) November 18, 2014
As per CNN’s most recent article, “Tuesday was the coldest November morning since 1976, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBELL Analytics. The average overnight low for the Lower 48 states was 19.4 degrees, Maue said.” In regards to snow, the National Weather Service reported that 50.2% of the country had snow on the ground Tuesday morning, as lake-effect snows are pounding areas in New York. So even though the official start of the season is over a month away, Old Man Winter has definitely been making a guest appearance across the country.