Next Polar Plunge Could Be Winter’s Coldest

AccuWeather – by Kristina Pydynowski

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 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. 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.


13 thoughts on “Next Polar Plunge Could Be Winter’s Coldest

  1. We just had a ice storm here in South Louisiana. It happens every decade or so. We are now being told that tomorrow we are getting 2-3 inches of snow and ice. This is a little strange for this climate.We have been getting chem trails a lot this year.

  2. Bitter cold temps. once again here in west central Wi. Yea, -20 below zero at best and with high going to be at -7 below zero today and these temps are not expected to break until wendsday. All this and there was another pipe line explosion in canada this last weekend restricting heat in Minn. ND, Wisc and Uppper Mich. Yea this and then to go along with that there is a propane shortage and those propane prices are up 20+ percent. Yea, I already have went through about 20+ % of fire wood and the prices are just going up higher. Yea, I had to pay about twice last week for fire wood than what would be normal. And we still have a good 2 1/2 – 3 months of damned winters cold freezeing temp to go yet. 🙁 this is a realy bad winter again for people around my area. People are starting toget nervous about how to heat their houses.

    1. You would be if you ever had to go without Bart. You ever have to live on the street bart, try it sometime and say that. Yea freeze your fingers and loose one or two fingers and/or toes. It isn`t fun freezing Bart. Ya ever think about the homeless or the dissadvantadged. How about the ones that cannot afford to pay for rent and or heat. Of course though Bart, you are not scared cause you apparebtly are set 🙂 good for you, nothin` wrong with that I guess eh .

      1. You are right Digger.The cold days we had here in the deep south had me shaking like a coon dog trying to pass pine cones.From what iam now reading I guess I will be passing freeze dried turds.That is no fun Bart.

  3. The only double-digit temperatures I’ve seen in more than a week were on the negative side of zero, but it’s still nice in the sun.

    The truck’s in mothballs, and covered in snow for now, because it’s gong to take a two-day effort to get it started. (diesel)

    And by the way, those army-surplus snowshoes suck. They’re cumbersome and un-maneuverable, and they don’t keep you on the surface any better than the popular mini-snowshoes that are sold to the retail market.

  4. These frozen temps help out greatly with wood splitting,just give the wood a hard guy look and it practically splits!I am trying to make the best out of bad temps by making up wood for way down the road while the temps cooperate,wood,the fuel that warms you up twice!Actually,3 times if you count me loading neighbors pickup with some when his heater died,they had me over for lunch and their home nice and toasty with the wood stove cranking.I offered to give it a look and perhaps a cleaning but though they were not planning on using it they had a sweep come by last fall so all good.

  5. Yep, chemtrails…and now everyone around here is noticing them, and every time we get ’em, the weather really does change rapidly, not naturally the way God intended. A week ago or so I heard someone say Chemtrails is the reason back on Groundhog Day, 2011, began three straight days of single digit temps, with 13 above the highest. Everyone’s water plumbing froze and pipes broke, everyone that is except those using PEX. Out here in Big Bend country we expect lows in the upper teens, highs in the upper 30s or lower 40s. Let’s hope so, anyway.

    The criminal psychopathic elites will rue the day that they just had to control the weather, whether to kill off the homeless or starve the cattle or destroy the veggies (GMOs as well) and extinct the honey bee. Yes, they are killing off the honey bee. Every single one of these psychos needs to be rounded up and jailed or institutionalized, repent, and ask God to give them back their consciences. Killing off the honey bee…these folks have no shame whatsoever!

  6. O.K., so our lows are in the low 50s.

    The weather here is about the ONLY thing that makes living in this Sodom & Gomorrah halfway bearable.

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