Veterans Day battlefield becomes arctic cold front with overnight snow showers

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There is a slight chance of snow flurries on Tuesday, Nov. 12/The National Weather Service There is a slight chance of snow flurries on Tuesday, Nov. 12/The National Weather Service

Today many American across the United States will celebrate Veterans Day and remember the devotion of the men and women who served our country during peace and wartime. However, Mother Nature is poised to wage a different war on a weather battlefield that stretches from the Canadian border to the Southeast.

The casualty of war this time will be snow for some and snow showers for others with December-like temperatures for all of us. The lasting memory will be a reminder that winter weather is soon on its way. See how cold it will get:

Frigid Canadian air

A frigid Canadian air mass mixed with arctic air has already dropped temperatures into the low teens across many areas of the northern plains on Monday, Nov. 11. The arctic air mass will continue a three-day march to the south and east. As a result daily high temperatures are expected to fall to levels about 10-15 degrees lower than normal across many areas of the Midwest, Great Lakes, Appalachian Mountains, Northeast and Middle Atlantic States.

A cold front carrying the arctic air mass will be cold enough to create a chance of snow as far south as the western mountain regions of the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service. The greatest snow accumulations are predicted be in the downwind areas off of the Great Lakes and in the mountains of West   Virginia.

South Jersey snow?

However, the National Weather Service is forecasting up to a 20-30 percent chance of up to one inch of snow across portions of southern New Jersey. The National Weather Service says the most likely outcome will be areas of snow flurries that will fall toward daybreak Tuesday, Nov. 12. No accumulation is in the forecast.

Veterans Day, Nov. 11 weather

After a seasonably chilly start, temperatures should only rise into the mid-50s Monday, Nov. 11. The temperature is expected to be in the middle to upper 40s around 11:11 a.m. when many civic organizations, municipal officials and veterans groups stop to celebrate Veterans Day.

A northwest wind from 7-13 mph will keep a chill in the air despite mostly sunny conditions.

Tonight’s South Jersey low temperatures will only drop to 37 degrees, thanks in part to cloudy conditions that trap in the heat but bring a chilly rain and snow mix to the area by Tuesday morning.

Expect scattered rain and snow showers before 2 p.m. Tuesday, though little or no snow accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday’s high will struggle to reach 43 degrees on the South Jersey mainland.

Midweek forecast

Wednesday is expected to remain cold with high temperatures about 10-15 degrees colder than normal. Wednesday’s high temperature may only reach the mid-40s.

After that a warming trend will move into the East Coast while the arctic high-pressure system moves out to sea. We should expect a warming trend through the rest of the week that will set up a pleasant fall weekend with temperatures climbing back toward the 60-degree mark.

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