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Brrr! Arctic air to unleash sub-zero temperatures over middle of US

•, By Brian Lada

Temperatures will tumble to the lowest levels so far this season, and in some cases, they will challenge records that have stood for more than 100 years, as a blast of Arctic air sweeps across the Plains and Rocky Mountains.

Accumulating snow will precede the Arctic blast, laying the groundwork for the core of the cold to penetrate well into the central U.S. during the second half of the weekend and into the start of the new week.

Strong winds that accompany the arrival of the cold air will pose a threat for high-profile vehicles traveling across the region, as well as spelling an end to the leaf-peeping season where dead leaves are still holding on to the trees.

Sunday, by far, appears to be the coldest day of the weekend for much of the region, particularly along the Front Range of the Rockies and High Plains.