Our first taste of winter temperatures arrives this weekend on a brisk northwest wind. Temperatures will drop nearly 20 degrees below the normals for this time of the year. A freeze warning is in effect for Friday night and early Saturday morning, and will likely be extended into Sunday morning.
While October turned out to be wetter and warmer than normal, November will start in the deep freeze. The arrival of the fall's first freeze is in line with the last 3 first freezes:
We'll only have to face the cold. For our friends in eastern Kentucky and the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina, a couple of inches of snow will signal an early start to winter. Drivers on I-64 and I-40 should be aware of hazardous conditions in the mountains this weekend. Winter weather advisories and snow advisories continue there through the weekend.
Saturday morning's lows will be bracing, especially with the chill factor of northwest winds at 10-20 mph:
Is our first Big Chill a harbinger of things to come this winter ? I'll answer that question with my winter forecast on November 13 !