This Week's Arctic Blast of Winter Chills Expected to Smash Fall Weather Records
Major cities across the country are experiencing record-low temperatures earlier than ever before—it's a hint at the harsh winter weather we can expect this year, according to meteorologists.
Severe weather patterns rarely affect more than one region in the nation, but this week's forecast has meteorologists buzzing—it seems that many Americans are in for a bout of freezing weather. Given that the first day of winter is still almost six weeks away, weather experts across the country believe the blast of wintry weather that'll be felt all the way from New Mexico to New York could be a warning of what's to come. At any rate, more than 300 weather records could be set after this week's bout of Arctic wind and chill, according to this CNN report.
If you live in the South or the Midwest, you may face the brunt of the coldest weather and harshest conditions. Parts of Texas are forecasted to drop to temperatures as low as 16 degrees this week, and major cities in Louisiana may barely break highs in the mid-40s. Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, tells USA Today that temperatures will begin to fall on Monday and will bottom out on Tuesday or Wednesday. "Monday will be worst in the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas," Pydynowski said. "Highs in the teens, lows in the single digits. But they laugh at that in Fargo."
It may be the coldest Veteran's Day on record in Chicago and Minneapolis, per CNN, and parts of Michigan could see up to a foot of snow by Monday afternoon. On Tuesday, record cold will reach the Northeast, sweeping the Southern Plains and the Ohio Valley; on Wednesday, cities along the Atlantic seaboard will experience record lows, from Boston to Washington, D.C. In the south, the high in Dallas, Texas, is expected to reach 44 degrees on Tuesday, about 24 degrees below average for this time of year. For comparison, Sunday's high in Brownsville, Texas clocked in at 80 degrees.
Where will snow impact travel, you might ask? Meteorologists forecast that a winter storm will move through the southern Plains, bringing the threat of freezing rain, some possible snow, and very cold air. "Temps will drop quickly beginning late this afternoon, while light snow is possible across the area Monday morning," experts wrote in a tweet from Kansas City's branch of the National Weather Service. "Beyond that, just very cold."
Meteorologists have previously predicted a harsh winter in the Farmers' Almanac, with experts nicknaming the coming season the "polar coaster" due to the bitterly cold winter conditions that will plague areas from the Rockies through the Appalachians. According to the Almanac, the worst precipitation won't arrive until January, which could include "copious amounts of snow, rain, sleet, and ice" in many different regions.