TODAY   |  October 08, 2012

Early winter weather hits across US

Winter season comes early for much of the country as an Arctic blast from Canada blew in across the Plains and parts of the Midwest. Frost and freeze advisories are out for several states. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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>>> the nation. nbc's kevin tibbles is in chicago this morning. good morning to you.

>> reporter: forgive me for looking a little confused this morning, though some would say most mornings i do, but today it's about the temperature. it is colder right now in chicago than it was during periods of last january. some people out here even had to get out their snow shovels, and it's only october. summer, fall, where have they gone so quickly? old man winter blew in to remind residents across the plains and parts of the midwest that he's on his way. in north dakota , even the reporters caught the big chill .

>> the day started out rotten and just got worse.

>> reporter: over the weekend, 74 record low temperatures were set and frost and freeze advisories are out for several states this morning. according to the national weather service there's just a 5% chance of even getting snow this early in october. no snow in the windy city , but spectators watching the chicago marathon bundled up to keep out the cold.

>> i'm pretty cold.

>> reporter: you're pretty cold?

>> okay.

>> reporter: where are your gloves?

>> i didn't bring any gloves.

>> reporter: at least the runners were in no danger of overheating.

>> i think it's good for the runners. it's not so warm.

>> it's not too bad. but these 93-year-old legs are just a little bit chilly right now.

>> reporter: the start to the cold season followed by a summer dominated by heat and drought.

>> temperatures we're seeing now are a good 10 to 30 degrees below average. cold air brewing up in the arctic and allowed to come down across the lower 48. hardy football fans in cincinnati braved the elements.

>> feels a little colder than 45 degrees. my hands are freezing, but the rest of me is warm because i have on a lot of layers.

>> i'm freezing. trying to move around and keep my hands arm.

>> a pumpkin.

>> reporter: and with halloween approaching this scary cold blast couldn't dampen the mood at queen's county farm in new york where it was time for the annual visit to the pumpkin patch.

>> wear sandals run day and snow boots the next, but fine.

>> reporter: at least there was a hot cup of apple cider on hand to help warm the spirits. savannah, there's a few of us out here right now who could use a little hot apple cider . in any case, it looks like this sweater weather is going to stick around for a few more days. savannah?

>> all right. kevin tibbles, i think you should have bundled up a little bit more.