Updated: Monday, 23 Apr 2012, 6:03 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 23 Apr 2012, 11:04 AM CDT
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - LATE APRIL ARCTIC BLAST
A crazy late-spring storm has folks shivering across half the country. These pictures are from upstate New York where several inches of snow have fallen. In our area, there's certainly no snow but there is a definite chill…
"We were visiting so we really didn't expect this cold snap," a lady at Medal of Honor park told us.
"Probably won't happen for much more than a coupe of days and then we won't have it anymore. So enjoy it while we have it," another lady at the park said.
NOR'EASTER BRINGS THE CHILL
A Nor'easter moving along the Atlantic Coast combining with a strong Canadian high over the Midwest are responsible for the cold. These systems are funneling arctic air straight from the north. It's a pipeline of chill.
That chill means record lows.
Current records for April 24:
in Mobile, it's 43 degrees for Tuesday night; in Pensacola it's 45 degrees. We should beat those by at least a couple of degrees.
According to the Fox10 FutureCast model, areas south of I-10 will generally be in the lower 40s, while communities north of I-10 will drop into the mid to upper 30s. That's going to mean the possibility of widespread patchy frost. Since frost needs calm conditions to form, the amount of frost on the ground will depend on the winds. The less wind, the more frost. northerly winds have brought a chilly area of high pressure from Canada that will make it as cold as the first week of March tonight.
FOX10 News Meteorologist Matt Barrentine will have more details on this unseasonably cold weather at 5 p.m.