With winter still a month away, Austin and Dallas will likely beat New York City for the first snowfall. If only by a few days.
Near record breaking cold has swept into the south, raising the potential for a light snow shower in Dallas and the Texas capital, with temperatures in the state 25 degrees below average or more Fahrenheit, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Natural gas exports to Mexico, meanwhile, fell to a five-month low Monday as U.S. residents turned up their thermostats in response to the weather.
New York, with temperatures just 6 to 8 degrees below normal, probably won’t see its first flakes until Thursday, when a mix of snow and sleet will eventually turn into rain. Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia could get a few flakes too.
“You can’t find any temperatures in Texas this morning that you could say are warm,” said Bob Oravec, a senior forecaster at the prediction center. “A pretty cold air mass sunk south over the weekend. We have gone right into a winter weather pattern across the central U.S.”
Freeze watches and warnings cover a large part of Texas, stretching into New Mexico to the west and Louisiana and Mississippi to the east. Temperatures will linger in the high 30s Fahrenheit, potentially reaching 45 degrees in Austin. Then the plunge comes, with forecasts by the National Weather Services showing temperatures below freezing late Tuesday, potentially reaching records by early Wednesday.