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Deep Freeze Rushes Deeper Into Eastern U.S.

UPDATED 1 PM EST, November 24, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A frigid cold snap more closely resembling January temperatures than November will continue to shiver residents across the Eastern U.S. today and for the start of the new workweek. On top of that, Old Man Winter is alive and kicking, touching off narrow but intense bands of lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes.

In an unfortunate twist, these unusually cold temperatures will flow all the way to the Deep South and Gulf Coast as high pressure shifts into the Ohio Valley today.

Highs will only reach the teens and 20s from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and New England. Even for places like Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn., the mercury will stay in the 30s. Even further south, it will also be a shock to the system, with Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss., holding in the 40s today.

Even parts of the Sunshine State won`t escape this winter chill either. Jacksonville, Fla., will barely reach the lower 50s, while Orlando, Fla., will top out in the middle to upper 60s this afternoon.

One final aspect accompanying the deep freeze across the Eastern U.S. is the recent uptick in lake-effect snow across the Great Lakes. The Arctic air rushing across the relatively warm and open water of the Great Lakes will continue to produce a few narrow but intense snow bands in the favored snow belts of lakes Erie, Ontario, Michigan, and Superior through late this morning and early this afternoon.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in place over parts northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as western New York, including Erie and But;er, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y. An additional 2 to 4 inches will pile up today, bringing storm totals to almost a foot.

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