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Next Polar Plunge Could Be Winter's Coldest

Much of the country should prepare to battle against frostbite, frozen pipes and hypothermia
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

This recent image of Central Park in Manhattan shows its lakes partially frozen. This coming arctic blast will mean more ice for the park. (Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The next blast of brutal cold will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States in the upcoming days 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. That is especially true away from the Gulf Coast.

The arctic air will first plunge into the Upper Midwest, northern Plains and northern Rockies on Sunday, then 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.

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While highs will be held to the 30s southward to the I-20 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 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 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.

RealFeel® temperatures will be extremely dangerous across eastern North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Sunday night, ranging from 50 below zero to 60 below zero.

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 northern Plains to the Great Lakes and northern New England through Monday.

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 not only along the Northeast's coast at midweek, but also across the South.

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More details on this snow potential will be given in the upcoming days.

An expert analysis on the winter weather is given in the above AccuWeather.com video.


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Oh My ! Lets tax CO2 to reduce global warming ( and fatten pockets ) and further cool the world !

January 26 2014 at 11:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh My ! Global warming ! Let Tax CO2 to reduce its use ( and fatten pockets ) to cool the world :)

January 26 2014 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin Banks

Henry waxed ridiculous: "Once again, the anti-science cons are confusing weather with climate. You will be the first to perish as you are too stupid to adapt."

I'd argue that you are on the side of pseudo science, It ceases to amaze me when it's 98 degrees in July in DC, the crazy zealot whack jobs are saying it's proof of global warming (yes, weather vs climate in case you didn't understand that Henry). But here's the difference between the groups. When it's 3 below in January in the same region, the same whack jobs say that too is proof of global warming. No, it's only proof of their insanity. Seems that the vast cadre of skeptics I know are engineers, like myself. I wonder why? Oh yeah, an unsurpassed understanding of the physical sciences as we have to deal in reality in the real world. When we have ridiculous notions, bridges fall down.

January 26 2014 at 7:33 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Justin Banks's comment

Stick to building bridges, its climatologists who study the science that support AGW.

January 26 2014 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nikki Hernandez

Quite right, I don't know any engineers who fell for the alarmist' propaganda. I personally looked at the write ups on the climate models and was appalled at how significant phenomena are ignored, set to constants, and are just wrong. I was also appalled at how poor their data sets are. Some of the most vocal climate researchers literally made up numbers to corrupt observed data, because the observed data did not match the models.

And to zed381's, you may wish to enlighten yourself. Engineers are much better at applying science and math to complex problems for the purpose of finding solutions than academics. Unlike your holy researchers, we ask tough questions and expect sound answers. If you want to show a point, ask an academic; they can create any answer you want. If you want the truth about how things work, ask engineers.

Here is Burt Rutan's take on asking tough questions:

January 26 2014 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The President shut down HARP (High Altitude Research Project) in June of last year. Russia and China still continue with their research. And now we see the result. ; below normal temperatures for most of the country and drought like conditions on the west coast. China and Russia are not effected by this polar vortex. Thanks Obama for selling out America!

January 26 2014 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The meeting on Global warming scheduled for this week will be postponed due to the extreme frigid weather conditions that continue to plague the country.

January 26 2014 at 7:04 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to geoffandmarie418's comment

There has been no snow and extreme drought in California, while Australia experienced record breaking highs of near and above 120 F, with out of control fires. It was 65 F in Dec in NY, which is just wrong. The temperatures now in the NE US are merely what winter is supposed to be. The other extreme highs are indicative of massive warming.

January 26 2014 at 8:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jason L

Overall, this has been a very mild winter. The ground never even froze here in central Montana, I was out digging up an old post from an old clothes line just a couple days ago, the dirt was as soft as ever. We had 2 harsh cold snaps that took us to about 20 below, but no more so than every other year in my lifetime, mostly they lasted 4-7 days and then the temperature shot back up to about 20-30 degrees above normal for winter here as soon as the cold air moved out. Most days it has been in the 40s during the day and 20s during the night, with warmer spells where it gets up into the 50s and stays above freezing at night. We get a little snow, it melts within a day or two, sometimes it is too warm to snow and we get rain instead. Much more like spring weather than winter weather. We haven't really had to bundle up, some days going out in a regular long sleeve shirt is enough, others a lightweight or medium weight jacket is all that is necessary. Waiting for real winter weather to hit, so far it hasn't.

January 26 2014 at 7:04 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I think Al Gore played the part of Chicken Little in the third grade play. He never grew past that!

January 26 2014 at 6:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

All of the rich people are so greedy. They are not satisfied with what they have, they want more and more. Everything in the short term, they do not think of the future. The faster they can cut down our trees to build more houses and to sell for paper and keep tearing up our ground for more and more oil and shoot innocent animals just because it makes them feel like they are strong and overfish our oceans, the richer they get. And all of you have been talking hateful words about Al Gore for years when all he has done is try to slow people down from detroying our earth. How can you blame him for that? It almost sounds like you are jealous because you know that he won the popular vote over George Bush and the Supreme Court chose Bush. All of the terrible things that are going on and you Obama haters think that the more hateful untruths that you say about President Obama and Al Gore makes you feel less jealous. For the lady who is talking about God, she should read her Bible a little closer. All of you haters out there should try to build people up not tear them down. If you feel they are your enemys, God says that is your award. It is easy to love those that love you but what reward do you have. Also, our jobs have been moved over overseas because the greedy owner of these companys knows they can get cheaper workers. When I ws young, Employers kept thier employees happy by paying good wages and health care

January 26 2014 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to rubydubydo's comment

#1 Al Gore's a hypocrite...HE has burned MORE fuel than I could ever dream of burning...Compared to mine...Al Gore's carbon footprint is the size of a Bigfoot.

January 26 2014 at 6:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Al Gore is an a$$hole.

January 26 2014 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone know what the climate of earth is supposed to be? Was there a period in history when the climate was 'correct'? And if we do 'something' - as puny as it probalby would be, to affect hte climate now - how do we know we won't be screwing it up for people in the future?

And while I"m asking - if a natural disaster happens in an area of earth where there are no people living - is it still a disaster?

January 26 2014 at 4:36 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to madamelogica's comment
Arthur Kaske

GOD is coming, and HELL is coming with!

January 26 2014 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It gets cold in winter...deal with it!!

January 26 2014 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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