Midwest Gripping for More Frigid Temperatures

Just as residents of the Midwest and Northeast thought the blast of cold air was over, another cell of frigidly cold air began to make its way into the nation on Monday, bringing along subzero temperatures with it. Many people believed that this “polar vortex” was the cell that was breaking records all over the country. But this, in fact, is not so true. The “polar vortex” is just a strong area of low lying pressure that usually hangs around the Arctic throughout the winter season. Most of the time is does not venture down into the U.S, but the cold air around this cell is definitely on its way and has no plans of leaving anytime soon.

In parts of the upper Midwest, temperatures are already lowering down to subzero and they are not expected to rise much over the next couple of days. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service even stated that below-average temperatures, including some of the coldest days of the year, will spread into the East and Southern States.
While the last cell of numbing cold air only stayed put for a couple of days, this pattern could last more than a week as more than one cold front takes turns overtaking each other. In Detroit, the highest temperature in the forecast throughout the week is 15 degrees. Just as well in Chicago, the temperatures could rise to 28 degrees on Saturday, but will drop back down to 17 on Sunday.

This cell of cold air is expected to move into the Northeast on Tuesday. This means that these states can also expect accumulations of snow throughout the week. 3-7 inches in Washington D.C, and 4-8 inches in New York City are predicted. Bob Oravec, with the National Weather Service stated that the snow will be able to stick around for a while due to the sub-freezing temperatures. It is going to be quite cold and windy for a while, and unfortunately this storm is hitting an area of large population, so this event will cause a high impact.

Not even the Southeast will be spared from this swath of cold air. Georgia and Alabama are among the southern states that can expect lows to dip into the teens over the span of the week. The West and Southwest can expect no change in the weather, the forecast will remain dry and warm. Stay tuned to your local weather authority for any changes that may occur in the system affecting your area!

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