Early Season Snow, Cold Shocks the Southeast

November starts off with snow and record cold in the Southeast

— -- An early season blast of cold air, which first interrupted Halloween plans from the Great Lakes down to the central Appalachians on Friday, pushed further south this morning, and snow blanketed the ground in some unlikely places, including central South Carolina.

This system first brought several inches of snow to parts the Great Lakes and strong winds moved through the Chicago area on Friday. These winds caused waves of up to 20 feet on Lake Michigan, which pounded Lake Shore Drive causing flooding during the Friday evening commute.

While the snow and cold is not unheard of for the Great Lakes this time of year, the snow this morning in central South Carolina certainly caught some residents off guard. Columbia recorded its earliest snowfall on record.