It's only the middle of October, but millions of Americans woke up to weather that felt more like December.
In parts of the northeast, it's the earliest snowfall on record, and the coldest October storm in 30 years
A Chilly October
The wintery blast across parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut is not exactly what folks were expecting in mid-October.
"It's too early, I haven't even gone pumpkin picking and it's snowing -- yuck!" exclaimed one winter weather observer.
Snow topped pumpkins with still two weeks left until Halloween. Snow plows on patrol and snow shovels in shopping carts all forced many to prepare for winter earlier this year.
A nor'easter, the first major storm of the season for many, is barreling down the East Coast -- making a mess out of the weekend.
Parts of Pennsylvania have already received more than four inches of snow and some areas could see six inches by this weekend.
Forecasters say it's the earliest snow on record, beating a record that stood for a century.
While some areas are seeing snow, others are dealing with wind gusts up to 50 or 60 miles per hour and heavy rain.
At the University Of Connecticut, athletes bundled up during practice drills. Also, those attending the big game at Yankee Stadium Friday night should be sure to dress warmly as the wind chill is expected to be in the 30s.
It's just a foretaste of what's to come.