Practically everyone in the United States recalls last winter’s polar vortex -- and not fondly. Meteorologists say Monday night could be a harsh reminder of the frigid weather for people throughout the nation. All 50 states likely will experience freezing temperatures Tuesday morning, The Weather Channel predicted.
An interactive map shows temperatures in the teens for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. It’s expected to last until Friday and could set a record for the lengthiest subfreezing streak for parts of that region in November, the weather site said.
The wind-chill will make things even colder for residents in the Upper Midwest. The temperature will feel like 10 degrees below zero in certain parts, a different interactive map revealed. The cold front originates in Alaska where a powerful front with hurricane winds brought several inches of snow to the state, CBS wrote.
Two- to 3 feet of snow could fall near Buffalo, New York, thanks to the lake effect, Syracuse.com reported. The city will probably experience 1- to 2 feet.
The cold weather is being referred to as a “classic Arctic outbreak” that will last for the next week, TWC said. There are several different “surges” that will affect different parts of the nation. The extreme cold will subside in the Rockies, southern Plains, and Southeast by midweek. It will take until the weekend for cold relief to occur in the Midwest and Northeast.
The record-breaking cold will bring heavy winds that could produce tornadoes in the south, NBC News reported.
Millions of Americans will endure the mid-winter weather. Well, practically everyone. The freezing temperatures won’t make it past the tops of the highest volcanoes in Hawaii, TWC reported.
The possibility of snow in New York in Fall 2014 has been dangled twice so far. The first of the season was expected during the Halloween weekend and a snow alert was issued by the New York City Department of Sanitation Thursday.
Though temperatures will be pretty chilly this week for most of the region, the polar vortex is not expected to do a repeat in winter 2014-15, Mike Halpert, acting director of the prediction center in College Park, Maryland, told USA Today. Another cold front is “really unlikely to form," he said.
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