Polar Vortex Arrives with Coldest Temperatures of the Year, More Snow

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As the polar vortex moves into the US, the Arctic blast could deliver one of the most intense deep freezes in years this week, with more snow on the way as well, with even more to arrive through mid-February.

Arctic blast could be most intense in years

A deep-freeze is underway across the United States. The polar vortex could deliver one of the most intense Arctic blast seen in years this week. Even more, this frigid cold air could deliver wind chills near -50 degrees Fahrenheit this week in the northern tier of the United States, Severe-Weather.EU reports.

As the vortex moves over the United States this week, the cold will continue to expand farther south, reaching the Gulf of Mexico and even Mexico itself late this week.

Frigid temperatures for the northern tier of the US

Areas along the northern tier of the United States will see bitterly cold low temperatures on Monday.

Monday’s high temperature forecast in some of the coldest regions: Cut Bank -9, Billings 1, Minot -5, Rapid City 10, International Falls -5, Minneapolis 3, Chicago 15, Detroit 18.

Snow and ice storm forecast for Monday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued its snow and ice forecast for Monday.

Northwest/West/Midwest: Snow is forecast for portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Northern California, North-central Nevada, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Potential freezing rain is forecast for portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

Ohio Valley: Snow is forecast for portions of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Northeast: Snow is forecast for portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

NWS weather alerts

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following weather alerts for Monday.

Winter storm warning: eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Winter weather advisory: northwest Oregon; southeast and eastern Washington; northern and central Idaho; western Montana; east-central Colorado; northwestern, southwestern, southeastern and northeastern Kansas; southwestern Missouri; western central and northern Oklahoma; northern Arkansas; northern Texas; southwestern Michigan; southern Illinois; southern Indiana; southern Ohio; northern Kentucky.

Another blast of cold air and more wintry weather for Valentine’s Day

Love may warm your heart on Sunday, but Mother Nature – not so much. Another blast of cold air is on the way for the weekend.

“Another blast of cold air is on the way for the weekend, and some wintry weather could develop as well,” according to Fox 8 meteorologists. There is a strong chance of a wintry mix on Sunday which could put a damper on any plans for outdoor activities.

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