As the Midwest struggled to clear debris and salvage what was left behind after days of historic flooding, the eastern part of the country prepared Sunday for the first cold snap of what has been a strangely warm season.
As if cued by the new year, below-average temperatures will have a good portion of residents in the East bundling up for the first time since late last winter.
An arctic front pushed into the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and Northeast on Sunday, just about a week after many parts of the regions experienced the warmest Christmas Eve on record, according to The Weather Channel.
In the beginning of the workweek, highs will be 5 to 10 degrees colder than early January averages from the eastern Great Lakes to New England, most of which saw record-breaking warmth in December, said Chris Friedman, national editor of The Weather Channel.
"Because it was warmer in December, it's going to feel a lot colder. It's going to feel more like 15 to 20 degrees below average," Friedman said.