Relief from the coldest air so far this season will come to the Midwest and Northeast early next week, but that does not mean a late taste of summer is on the horizon.
Saturday felt more like November from the Midwest and to the Appalachian Mountains as blustery winds drove in unseasonably cold air. Snow even made its first appearance of the season from Minnesota to Chicago.
Frigid AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures had many residents bundling up, one week after enjoying a weekend in shorts and t-shirts.
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While conditions will not be as harsh as what was endured across the Midwest, the weekend will end on a noticeably cooler note along the East Coast from New York City to Washington, D.C., to Raleigh, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida, despite plenty of sun shining.
For those not ready to experience tumbling temperatures, the new week will bring relief from the cold blast.
The storm responsible for opening the door for the cold air's arrival will take up residence near the border of Ontario and Manitoba early in the week.
As the storm's direct connection to the depths of the Arctic gets cutoff, temperatures will be allowed to gradually rebound across most of the Midwest through Tuesday.
While falling short of typical early October highs, temperatures will rebound 10 to 20 degrees above Saturday's cold highs. When RealFeel temperature readings from Saturday and early next week are compared, the change will be even more dramatic.
On Saturday in Chicago, temperatures were held to the 40s and RealFeel temperatures remains in the 30s. Many residents will be happy to hear that a high near 65 F is in store for Tuesday.
The one exception to the rebounding temperatures will be in the vicinity of northern Minnesota, which will lie closer to the storm's center. Snowflakes should even fly again on Monday as the storm dips southward.
Warming will also occur along the East Coast early next week, and this is where temperatures will exceed normal.
Highs will be back in the 70s northward to Philadelphia on Monday and to New York City and Boston on Tuesday. Widespread highs in the 60s are in store for places toward the Appalachians.
The rebound in temperatures across the Midwest and Appalachians early in the week will not be accompanied by warm sunshine. Instead, a couple of showers will move through and put a damper on outdoor plans.
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Dry weather will hold along the East Coast as clouds occasionally move through.
Temperatures trending away from this weekend's chilly highs early next week is not a sign of things to come for the entire week. Current indications point toward another surge of cooler air to arrive later in the week.
The late week cold blast will not be as harsh nor as far-reaching as what arrived this weekend.