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Arctic Blast on Way for New Year

Coldest temperature in years expected in Upper Midwest, Northeast

The coldest air in at least a couple of years is aiming for areas from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast during the first few days of the new year.
While the pattern looks progressive and will still feature a temperature rebound the following week, a dip in steering-level winds, known as the jet stream, will lock in long enough to drive Arctic air southward.
Last year, a stubborn jet stream over northern Canada kept most of the cold air locked up near the Arctic Circle.
During the few occasions when cold air made a southward move, it was negated by bare ground and unusually warm lake temperatures.

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Nighttime and early morning temperatures can be 15 to 25 degrees lower than the high temperatures in some areas away from the unfrozen lakes.
While the lakes are still warm, they are trending colder due to the recent storms. There is currently a substantial area of snow on the ground now reaching well down into the United States.
The waves of cold air will accelerate or initiate ice formation on some of the lakes in the region.
Folks who have been saving some money on heating because of warmth last winter and this fall will burn through a few bucks.
The snow acts as an insulator from the warm ground and also reflects some of the sun's energy back.
The combination of reinforcing waves of cold air and natural snowcover is setting up some of the best early winter skiing conditions in the past several years.

For more weather news, visit AccuWeather.com.

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we are all being brainwashed into believing that suddenly the earth is going to heat up and we will all perish...just like the end of the world theory...every intelligent person realizes that the "ice ages" did happen and next week we will all get a taste of that sort of weather...and how much did Gore make on his fairy tale book??? people will do anything to make a buck...all they need is a bunch of dummies to follow and support them....

December 29 2012 at 4:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rippy.rip's comment

Yeah, because it is impossible that humans can change the earth, right?

December 30 2012 at 1:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bring back global warming I miss it.

December 29 2012 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's called Winter. It happens every year, around this time. See, the Earth goes through Climate Change all on its own, it does so in cycles, has done so for Millions of years before us, and will do so Millions of years after us.

December 29 2012 at 12:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to zapdog4's comment

How can you be so logical and dismissive of global warming - We must continue to believe the bullshit being thrown at us!!

December 29 2012 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like maybe the ball dropping on New Year's Eve from Times Square might appear
as one giant snowball !!!

December 29 2012 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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