Skip to comments.Next Polar Plunge Could Be Winter's Coldest
Posted on 01/27/2014 4:00:04 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The next blast of brutal cold will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States early this week and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in many communities.
While harsh cold is returning to the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, it will pale in comparison to what will follow for Monday through Wednesday.
The impending polar plunge will rival the frigid days from earlier this January for the coldest daytime highs and nighttime lows so far this winter. This does not include South Florida.
The arctic air first plunged into the Upper Midwest, northern Plains and northern Rockies on Sunday and is expected to continue pressing to the south and east through Tuesday.
The magnitude of this cold blast will be enough to produce a far-reaching threat of frostbite, hypothermia, frozen pipes and water main breaks.
Care should also be taken to ensure that livestock and other animals housed outdoors have adequate shelter.
Especially across the Midwest and Northeast, officials may decide to cancel or delay school due to the extreme cold. Some vehicles may struggle or fail to start for motorists.
While highs will be held to the 30s southward to the I-10 corridor, the Midwest and Northeast are bracing for the harshest conditions.
Minneapolis, Chicago and other communities in the Upper Midwest will endure two consecutive days of subzero highs on Monday through Tuesday. Overnight lows will drop to 20 below zero or lower from North Dakota to the western suburbs of Chicago.
Grand Forks, N.D., will bottom out at around 30 below zero.
Across most of the Northeast, highs will be held to the single digits and teens on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Biting winds will usher in the frigid air, creating dramatically colder AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.
Where snow is covering the ground, the winds will worsen the situation for motorists by blowing and drifting the snow around. In the most extreme cases, there will be local ground blizzards.
RealFeel® temperatures will be extremely dangerous across eastern North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. On Sunday night, RealFeel® temperatures dipped to 50 below zero in the town of Wadena, Minn.
Frostbite can develop in a matter of minutes on exposed skin during such intense cold.
Along the leading edge of the invading cold will be an Alberta Clipper, set to spread a few inches of snow from the Great Lakes and northern New England through Monday.
The clipper's arctic front is being accompanied by another band of snow showers and squalls that is spreading from the Dakotas to the Midwest.
While Detroit already set a January snow record, the clipper may cause other Midwestern cities to follow suit. Once the cold takes up residence, the lake-effect snow machine will be cranked up across the Great Lakes.
Snow will also drop along the Front Range of the Rockies, including Denver, as the cold presses southward.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are also monitoring the possibility of the cold setting the stage for snow to develop across the South.
More details on this snow potential will be given in the upcoming days.
It was warm here last night above freezing,
tomorrows high about 17 deg F though.
Then warms up at end of week again.
Where is Algore?
In bed under an electric blanket...
Surprise, it’s winter!
We want our GoreBull warming back.
Now Lieberals are postulating that man-made global warming is creating severe climate changes in fluctuations. Anything to twist and morph into their agenda.
Sat outside at the NHL Stadium Classic at Yankee Stadium in NYC yesterday for four hours. The high for the day was a balmy 24 degrees, with wind chills down in the single digits. Looks like that was the warmest day for the rest of the week in New York!
“When it’s springtime in Alaska, it’s forty-two below”.
There is nothing between the stretch from the Midwest to the Northeast, and the Arctic Circle, except a barbed wire fence.
And part of that is down. The Alberta Clipper is blowing in full force.
Forget hurricanes, of which there may be a sizable swath of intense damage. Repeated cold waves like this promote FAR more, if somewhat diffuse, total damage, economically and physically.
Adversity there is plenty of, no need to go out and invent some.
Hell is frozen over.
That's true, but only because we have more preceding cold and more snowcover. The temperature of this incoming air mass is about 6-8C warmer than the early January Polar Vortex airmass. This airmass will hang around a bit longer so will result in some lower lows. There might be a few lower high temps but not many.
It’s 38 in Central Park right now.
Now we know what the next mini ice age will look like....the previous one lasted 400 years from 1350 to 1750.
Yes, they are saying 3 inches of snow here in S.E. Louisiana. Not our record though. We had 8 inches in 2009. Darn Global Warming.
Cabeza de Vaca is laughing in his grave
I’m in alberta, and we’ve been plus temps for over a week. We hit 53f just the other day.
-20f isn’t that bad either. They can get back to me when it hits -76f.
I hope everyone has adequate heating though.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a shot from the hyperborean tundra (Eliot Abrams). I do not like it Sam I am.
Is it that global warming is causing global cooling, or is global cooling causing global warming? Or is global warming causing global cooling that balances off global warming, thus explaining the relative stability of temperatures for the past 17 years?
Whatever the answer is, I am sure that it is to be found in liberal ideology.
What’s the temperature going to be?
Around 20 but it’s going to feel like 10 below.
Then never mind what the temperature’s gonna’ be. All I wanta’ know is what it’s gonna’ FEEL like on my extremities!
They’re saying possibly 5 inches in the northern part of Houston. That’s some deep snow. We’re heading to the store in a few hours. I doubt we’ll be out and about on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Man, I feel sorry for those folks in the Midwest who use propane for heat. It’s up to five bucks a gallon. I saw one guy who only had his 1000 gallon tank half filled. It cost him almost $2,500. People simply cannot afford that.
If I live in those areas I’d have me a wood stove in the barn and a flu already installed.
ESPN has a set for the Super Bowl coverage at Herald Square in New York City. It’s a climate-controlled, glass-enclosed set—all the more to better protect against the cold, especially after ESPN had to scrap most of the plans for their outdoor set in Fort Worth, TX a few years ago when the ice storm and subsequent freezing temperatures caused a lot of problems.
I'm sure he's just trying to change the subject from obamacare (oops I mean the ACA).
One thing's for sure; he'll say nathing about foreign policy since putin passed him over to the iranians for sloppy seconds; or were the egyptians 2nd and assad third?, which would make the iranians fifth?
Did I include the Lybians? I can't keep up.
All my life, New England winters have featured cold blasts that included snow and sub-zero days. Since when has this been deemed newsworthy? Not just newsworthy but actually a top news story?
“Where is Algore?”
Burning money to stay warm.
Stay safe. I had propane in my Virginia house. Would never go that route again. It is very expensive.
In his air conditioned mansion in southern California.
That “near record” arrow goes right over my house. :)
It was colder during the storms of January 6-8th, and windier, too.
We hit 50 yesterday, 14 for today’s high with sub-zero wind chills. And I still remember worse winters when I was a kid.
In Maryland up and down temperatures are normal.
It can be warm ~ 50s or 60s till late January, or very cold on October lower 30s in day.
My favorite was early March 1990 it reached 90 degrees one day, 80s the next and slowly down. Within a few weeks it was cold with light snow,
Houston’s high yesterday was 71, one of the most perfect beautiful days ever. The storm blows in later today and tomorrow is supposed to be cold and maybe some frozen stuff. But the frigid weather never last long for us.
I remember once it was -17 degrees in February and then not even six weeks later (later March), we saw a temperature of 61 degrees! It’s crazy, how rapidly the weather can change around here.
Had one of them this morning. Couldn't see five feet in any direction. Local traffic just stopped in my neck of the woods of Western PA.
I practically bit the tip of my tongue off in the interest of family harmony...
A lot of hype.
The coldest that it will get in Connecticut this week is 9F.
Its the middle of winter. It gets cold.
Whatever it is, it is totally consistent with every prediction they have made. And if you question them, you hate science.
Exactly. Highs in the teens for January in the Northeast are not exactly newsworthy.
Dunno if we’re in the same area, but yesterday was in the mid-40’s, today in the single digits, constantly warming until Wednesday back in the 40’s...
We call this “Winter” in Ks. How about you?
OK, I’ll bite. What does Álvar Núñez have to do with this?
Global warming causes Polar Vortex. Film at 11:00.
We typically get the most snow in February here, even though this year we got more than usually for December through Jan so far,.
Here when the cold front comes through dropping ~ 30 or 40 degrees usually at night the wind gusts are huge, slamming my house like a hammer.
We got wind-hammered last night... 60mph gusts.
I could watch the window reflections on that side of the house distort and flex.
I had one of those morons pull that s**t this very weekend. I reminded him of the all-time low in sunspots and the possibility of a Maunder Minimum and mini-ice age.
After that exchange, we didn't seem to like one another too much. We seperated and walked away, scowling at each other.
I agree. 81 years in Eastern MA has taught me to roll with the punches.
It will be fun watching the TV weathermen,though. They get positively orgasmic over something like this.
The moron was a “good person” because he cared about “global warming/climate change” and you attacked his source of righteousness.
You thought you were refuting an idea.
He thought you were personally attacking him and his “goodness”.
It was 17deg. at daybreak here in the Ohio valley...14deg. now at 09:45...Its been a tuff January...I sure will be glad when it’s over....
Seems like the first time I heard that one was 1985.
... and in turn, I can explain MY scowl.
I thought he was personally attacking me and my "standard of living".