Cold and blustery conditions will grip the northeastern United States early this week, before the chill begins to ease by Thanksgiving.
The mild air that prevailed through much of the first three weeks of November was slashed this weekend by a blast of cold air, gusty winds and snow.
The first snowflakes of the season fell across portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York when rain changed over to snow on Saturday evening.
"Behind this weekend's wintry system, the cold and windy weather will be slow to move out of the Northeast," AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.
Highs into Tuesday will be more typical of early December, ranging between 5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit below average.
Daytime temperatures will fail to leave the 30s in much of New England and the interior Northeast, and will hover in the 40s along the Interstate-95 corridor.
A stiff wind from the northwest will add another layer of chill to the air with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures dipping 10 to 20 degrees below the actual high temperature.
Sunshine will be hidden by plenty of clouds early in the week, limiting any added warmth.
Areas downwind of the Great Lakes will not only have to contend with the cold, but also 1 to 2 feet of lake-effect snow.
The weather pattern is expected to take a milder turn around the middle of the week.
Winds will begin to calm and the clouds from early in the week will begin to erode.
"More seasonable temperatures are expected to reach the mid-Atlantic and New England during the middle of the week," Eherts said.
The milder air will spread northward ahead of a storm that could cause headaches for Thanksgiving travelers.
"Unsettled weather will make another appearance in the Northeast, just in time for Thanksgiving Day," Eherts said.
While the return of mild air will allow for rain across the mid-Atlantic and along the Interstate-95 corridor, enough cold air could linger across interior areas to allow for some snow on Thanksgiving.