Winter will continue to get a grip on the weather in the northeastern United States during November as waves of colder air roll in with occasional storms.
In the short term, warmth that has persisted over much of the Central states during October will bulge into the mid-Atlantic into this week. However, waves of chilly air will limit the warmups over upstate New York and New England.
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The waves of chilly air will become more aggressive with weaker warmups in between the cold blasts from mid-November into December, according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
"In most areas of the Northeast, this November will likely be perceived as being rather cold," Pastelok said. "We expect this November, and this winter for that matter, to be significantly colder than last year, but temperatures are likely to average near normal."
Temperatures averaged 6-10 degrees above normal during the period from November through December in 2015.
Normal temperatures trend downward significantly during November and into December.
At the start of November, normal high temperatures range from middle 60s in southeastern Virginia to the middle 40s in northern Maine. By the first week in December, normal high temperatures range from the middle 50s in southeastern Virginia to the lower 30s in northern Maine.
"Additional storms similar to the ones that brought snow this past week can repeat during the late fall and early part of the winter," Pastelok said.
The latter part of October delivered two storms with doses of cold rain and accumulating wet snow across some of the higher elevations and the normally colder northern areas.
The anticipated pattern from mid-November and lasting into December will be due to a strong jet stream over the northern tier of the nation. The jet stream, which is a fast river of air high in the atmosphere, also represents the boundary between cold air to its north and warm air to its south.
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Warm Quinoa Brussels Sprouts Salad
"Lots of texture and lots of flavor in this festive quinoa brussels sprouts salad. Who said salad can’t be the center of attention at Thanksgiving dinner?" - Sweet and Savory
"This year, if you're looking for a lighter version of the classic green bean casserole try my recipe for a lighter (but no less delicious!) salad version, complete with creamy (but not naughty) garlic dressing." - Holly Likes to Cook
"Black-Eyed Peas! What a weird name… But oh so tasty! And incredibly good for you too. These delicious beans (yes, they’re actually beans!) are a great source of protein and fiber while also rich in Potassium, Zinc and Iron!" - Olivia's Cuisine
Jicama Cabbage Salad with Spicy Maple Pecans and Pomegranate
"This is a perfect Thanksgiving salad or side dish, and the ideal way to brighten any table. It also travels very well—I ate it on the road up to San Francisco, in a pre-Friendsgiving frenzy of jicama gratitude." - Kale and Caramel
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Cinnamon-Toasted Hazelnuts and Pomegranate
"Of all the possible addictions that people battle, I think winter squash might just take the cake for strangest. But really, I admit 100% that I’m an addict and I may or may not need help." - An Edible Mosaic
" I think this salad can go a lot of different ways as long as you keep the spinach and vinaigrette in place. What I mean is anything else you put in there from a vegetable stand point would work just fine." - Billy Parisi
"Of all the orange squashes, Kabocha squash is my favorite! It is known for its sweet flavor and is a staple ingredient in Asian dishes. Kabocha squash bursts with bright orange color and brings life and color to your kitchen." - Colorful Eats
Arugula and Farro Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese
"I’ve been craving salads like no other. So yesterday, I took a brief timeout from crumbles and chicken wing experiments to make myself this Arugula and Farro Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese." - Domesticate Me
"Putting this together is simple – you start by cooking the Bulghur Wheat which is as easy as pouring boiling water over it and then walking away. Wash, dry, and chop up your herbs and vegetables, then toss it all together in a bowl with some lemon juice, olive oil, and salt." - The Wanderlust Kitchen
"This recipe may seem vaguely familiar, well at lease most of the ingredients. They’re the same ones used in our goat cheese pastry. Except this time we swapped out the pastry for squash, a much healthier alternative." - Public Lives Secret Recipes
"The recipe is easy, whole food-based, results in a delicious melange of flavors (buttery pecans! sweet maple! fresh herbs! tart cranberries!), looks beautiful on your holiday table, and transitions well from being a substantive main to a delightful side. Add these to your rotation – you won’t be sorry." - The Little Foxes
"BEER BREAD MUFFINS, my absolute favorite easy bread recipe! These fun little muffins taste like a comforting loaf of beer bread. They’re the ultimate addition to any meal, especially Thanksgiving!" - The Cookie Rookie
"Hands down, my favorite dish on the Thanksgiving table is the stuffing! My grandmother knew this about me early on in life and started making an extra pan of stuffing every year for the holiday’s just so that I could eat my weight in it." - Beard and Bonnet
"Sweet from the cider but with a bit of zing from the lime and ginger beer and dash of spice from the cinnamon – these tasted like fall in a mug. Oh – and couldn’t be easier to make." - The Steele Maiden
"An Italian twist to your typical fry is what I was craving all of a sudden. Almond parmesan quickly came to mind, but I decided to put my own spin on it, so Hemp Almond Parmesan was born!" - Veggies Don't Bite
"I ate these Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes right out of the stove, without anything accompanying it. Zero, zip, nada! Just mashed potato heaven in my mouth with a touch of funky deliciousness!" - Olivia's Cuisine
"This easy-to-make twist on oven-roasted potatoes uses baby gold potatoes that have been steamed until tender, smashed into little patties and brushed with a combination of melted butter and truffle oil." - My Gourmet Connection
"Roasted garlic mashed sweet potatoes and carrots is the perfect side dish to serve this fall. It has a slight sweetness that is counteracted by garlic, and is so creamy and delicious that you will be begging for seconds and thirds!" - Cooking and Beer
"These little potato cakes are one of my fondest memories/lessons because I think they were one of the first things I was genuinely excited to learn how to make.They're a vehicle for flavor, so in the spirit of my father, experiment to find the combinations that work best for your palate." - Fix Feast Flair
"What I know for sure is that the pumpkin always comes out of the oven looking and tasting scrumptious. This has by far become one of my favorite things to serve for guests; the look of surprise that comes over them when this hits the table is reason enough." - JJ Begonia
"The smoked paprika and chili powder in the seasoning rub made the skin a crack-like combo of sticky, smoky spices. And the meat itself could not have been moister, thanks to the three-hour trip to the oven on low heat." - Feed Me Phoebe
"Perfect Roast Chicken served with simple, melted herb butter is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is Perfect Roast Chicken is so easy to make and so mouth-watering perfect, there is no longer a need to purchase rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocer." - Simply Sated
"A super-spiced, pizzazz-packed pumpkin pie filling sweetened with maple syrup, and topped with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon-toasted pecans, this Pumpkin Pecan Pie puts the classic Libby’s recipe to shame." - Well Plated
"There’s nothing quite so fine as a bubbling berry crumble, especially when baked in mini cast iron skillets with plenty of golden crumb topping (my motto: you can never have too much crumble)." - Tutti Dolci
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream
"This cake is the ideal combination of fall flavors, in my book. Super moist pumpkin cake filled to the brim with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. And sorry bout it, but there is no other word to describe a perfect pumpkin cake." - The Whole Bite
"I thought how fun it would be to turn Thanksgiving’s stuffing into cupcakes, topped with light and fluffy mashed potatoes, a well of vegetarian gravy and lightly sprinkled with minced parsley." - Fork and Beans
"We’re not making baked apples nearly as often as we should. I know this. For fact. It’s just not a go-to dessert and I’d like to change that. First, because it is next-level deliciousness. Second, because it’s one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make." - Displaced Housewife
Pecan-Pumpkin Bread with Chai Cream Cheese Frosting
"Do you love the spices of a chai tea? I do, too – they’re so warming and comforting! I’ve added that flavor and feeling to a sweet treat: Pecan-Pumpkin Bread with Chai Cream Cheese Frosting – something good you can cozy up to this season!" - Grab A Plate
"These apple cranberry crescent rolls take crescent rolls to another level. They are also the perfect way to use up that leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving or Christmas." - Craftaholics Anonymous
"Call it portion control or just an aesthetic preference, but everything looks better in mini. I’m sure if you pressed me I’d find some exceptions to this rule, but for these pumpkin pies it applies." - Prosecco and Plaid
"The joy of crumbles is that they are the baking leftover equivalent of a cottage pie. Toss it all in, don’t be shy. But do be mindful of pits, stems, seeds and fruit that is too over ripe." - Kitchen Living with Coryanne
While cold and snow can sweep toward part of the New England coast and the central Appalachians, snow will not be in a hurry to sweep toward the mid-Atlantic Interstate 95 corridor into early December.
The anticipated cold waves should lead to lake-effect snow in portions of western and upstate New York, western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.
Warm Great Lakes waters will initially cause a rain and snow mix immediately downwind of the lakes. As the air gets colder into December, accumulating snow will expand toward the lakeshore areas and into lower elevations.
Motorists can beat the rush just ahead of the first big snowstorm of the season by preparing their vehicle for winter now.
Make sure windshield wipers are in good condition, the antifreeze can handle the frigid mornings and there is significant tread on the tires. While winter (snow) tires are the best option, a fresh set of all-weather tires with an aggressive tread and sufficient thickness can get most drivers through the bulk of winter road conditions.