Shiver me timbers: Arctic blast on the way

Shivering season is here.

The mild weather of the last few weeks will soon be a distant memory as the coldest air of the season invades most of the central and eastern U.S.

Frigid temperatures, but little snow, will hit from the Midwest to the Southeast. Even parts of Florida will see nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s.

Unlike previous cold snaps this fall, this one looks to stay around for a while, potentially until the first day of winter on Dec. 21,  AccuWeather meteorologist Max Vido said.

The high temperatures later this week will be about 20 to 30 degrees colder than they are Monday, according to AccuWeather, with highs near 40 degrees in the Northeast and 50 degrees as far south as Atlanta.

After unusually warm temperatures in the mid-50s on Monday, Minneapolis may not rise above freezing for the next two weeks, according to meteorologist

For most areas, snow will not accompany the cold. The heaviest snow will be confined primarily to the northern Plains and around the Great Lakes over the next few days.

In the short term, blizzard warnings have been posted for parts of the eastern Dakotas and northwest Minnesota where snow and wind gusts up to 55 mph will create dangerous travel conditions into Monday evening, the National Weather Service said. The heavy snow will expand into parts of the Upper Great Lakes overnight Monday and early Tuesday.

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