Accumulating Snow & Polar Vortex To Hit The Lansing Area

Accumulating Snow & Polar Vortex To Hit The Lansing Area

Accumulating Snow & Polar Vortex To Hit The Lansing Area

A deep freeze is forecast to hit the U.S. Midwest this week, with snow, brutally cold temperatures and potentially life-threatening wind chill across northern IL and northwest IN by midweek, the National Weather Service said.

Keeping things upbeat, some meteorologists have dubbed the coming storm "Barney", as in Barney the Dinosaur, due to forecast maps' use of the colour purple to indicate extremely cold temperatures. It is also important to exercise caution when using space heaters and make sure you have a cold-weather safety kit in your auto incase you get stranded.

"Record breaking and potentially historic outbreak of cold still appears to be in the offing for the middle of next week", the service tweeted.

"Latest indications are that Chicago could set a record on Wednesday for the day's lowest high temperature", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines.

The Midwest is already shivering from a cold front. During the day, the temperature was in the mid-teens. Temperatures have not been held below zero for an entire day in Chicago since January 6, 2014. In fact, over 68 million people - almost a quarter of the U.S. population - will have a temperature fall below zero next week.

Then the mercury will take a nose dive for the next few days.

But another round of arctic air will bring widespread subzero temperatures to the Midwest. Some of the higher terrain in parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia will see feels like temperatures approach zero with below zero reading in the North Carolina mountains.

Heavy snow will follow early next week in the North Plains and Mississippi Valley on Sunday, and the Great Lakes and Northeast early next week, according to the National Weather Service, which added that there will be dangerously cold temperatures beginning this weekend and into next week across all affected regions.

CNN reported 20 cities have the potential to break record lows Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Snowfall will occur in the Dakotas, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; and in Central Michigan, where a foot (30 cm) or more of snow is expected, the weather service said. That's comparable to Oymyakon, Siberia, the coldest permanently inhabited town on earth, where average temperatures dip below -50 degrees Celsius in the winter months. Strong winds with gusts past 50 miles per hour are possible between eastern Montana to Nebraska and Kansas from Sunday through Monday, Accuweather reported. Some strong winds and chills will be cold enough that it could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in a matter of minutes.

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