But the type of cold expected this week will be the coldest air of the season yet, and will even reach some major cities in the Northeast and New England.
Both New York City and Boston will face a major freeze this week, as temperatures flirt with “like” around zero or below.
As the wind increases, it draws heat out of the body, which causes the skin temperature to drop and eventually the internal body temperature. Therefore, the wind makes him “feel” even colder.
For example, across the upper Midwest and northern plains, where temperatures have fallen to frigid levels, air temperatures in some areas were as low as 5 to 15 degrees below zero, but with the wind chill, it felt like it was 35 to 45 degrees below zero. Zero. zero.
If you’re a weather geek, you’ll enjoy this tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS), which shows what happens on radar when the Earth’s temperature gets as cold as cloud tops.
Minnesota temperatures were as cold as minus 31 degrees on Monday morning.
More than 185 million people, or more than half the US population, were below freezing Monday morning, with nearly 10 million below zero, CNN meteorologist Dave Henin said.
A strong cold front with a very cold blast of arctic air is responsible for the extreme cold.
“Although wind chill values are dangerously cold in the upper Midwest, this [Monday] In the morning, the scarcity of forecast temperatures should be noted for New York and Boston,” said CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri. With a forecast high of just 20 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Central Park will drop about 20 degrees below its climate standard of 40. F for this time of year.”
In fact, wind chill warnings and advisories spanned 12 states on Monday, from Montana to Maine.
Across Summit Peaks in Vermont, New Hampshire, it “looks like” temperatures could dip to minus 60.
The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) warned that “such cold temperatures can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in less than ten minutes.”
New York City won’t be that cold, but it’s still sweltering, with temperatures “like” dropping below zero Tuesday morning, a rare occurrence for the Big Apple.
The NWS in New York City warned that “with temperatures remaining below freezing for 72 hours, and 10 to 20 degrees below normal for 48 hours, freezing of poorly insulated water pipes and related structural flood issues are likely.”
Boston will also be in the arctic air mass, with the bitter cold arriving tonight, as temperatures dip into the single digits.
“Wind cooler values will feel cooler under gusty winds,” NWS Boston says. “A Wind Chill Alert remains in effect, beginning early Tuesday morning for wind chill values below -15 degrees Fahrenheit.”
The high temperature projected on Tuesday was just 12 degrees, which has happened only nine times since 1986, according to Jhavahri.
Boston Public Schools closed Tuesday due to sweltering temperatures and dangerously cold winds.
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While the cold snap will be significant, it will also be somewhat short-lived and will be limited to one or two regions of the country.
“Compare that to last month, which saw several weeks of record warmth in more than half the country, aided by killer weather that was unprecedented in December,” Miller said.
He also adds, “But the degrees of extreme cold are becoming much lower, especially compared to the hot ones, which are two or three to one outpacing them over the last decade.”
The cold and wind bring great snow to the lake
The bitter cold and strong winds caused some snow bands with an amazing lake effect.
The NWS office in Binghamton has issued a lake-impact snowfall warning of 10 to 20 inches of snow totaling. Winds there reach 40 miles per hour, resulting in wind chills as low as minus 30 degrees.
Snow squads travel as far as northeastern Connecticut, more than 200 miles away.
Lakes usually reach their peak percentage frozen by late February or early March. Snowfall in the lake usually slows down in February.
Washington state is facing more rain and snow
Washington State has been the prime target of one extreme weather phenomenon after another over the past several weeks.
A series of atmospheric rivers has left the state buried under historic amounts of snow, and unprecedented flooding.
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Monday afternoon that it will reopen the US 12-White Pass. Once White Pass reopens, it will mean three of the four Cascade Range Passes closed last week after winter weather led to the closure.
Snoqualmie and Blewett permits reopened Sunday night. Stevens Pass likely won’t open until Wednesday, according to the US Department of Transportation.
The Snoqualmie, Stevens, White, and Blewett Trails are major roads connecting the western and eastern parts of the state.
And the Skokomish River, which has risen rapidly and forced the residents of the Skokomish Valley to evacuate, could rise again by midweek, with rain coming in.
“The Atmospheric River is moving into western Washington tonight and stopping over the area through Wednesday,” the NWS office in Seattle said.
Total rainfall tonight through Wednesday in the Olympic Mountains will be in the five to ten inches range and the northern rain could fall three to five inches.
NWS Seattle added that “excessive runoff may result in the flooding of rivers, streams, streams, and other low, flood-prone locations.”
According to the Washington Department of Transportation, “There is an ongoing risk of avalanche on rare lanes and multiple slides 30 to 35 feet above the road (along US 2 east of Seattle). Stevens Passage is unlikely to reopen before Wednesday, January 3.” ii. twelfth.”
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The United States experienced 20 disasters in 2021 at a cost of at least $1 billion each.
It was $2 billion less catastrophe than 2020, the record year, but the data shows that the disasters of 2021 were far more deadly and more costly.
The total cost of the disaster was $145 billion, up $43 billion from last year. From 2011 to 2021, such disasters cost $1 trillion.
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Haley Brink, Rachel Ramirez, Jon Keefe, Priya Krishnakumar, and Joe Sutton contributed to this weather column.