Polar Vortex: Coldest Part of Winter Still to Come

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A polar vortex is going to bring a blast of arctic air to the country, so bundle up. The weekend weather forecast brings snow, rain and bitter cold. Looking ahead, the coldest part of winter is still to come – will we see 6 more weeks of winter?

Winter is here, but coldest part is still to come

Get prepared for snowy, windy, soggy and frigid weather, as winter is here, but the coldest part is yet to come. Only days after residents of the Midwest and Northeast dig their way out of record snow, a polar vortex will descend over the US this weekend and into early next week. The coldest part of winter promises to bring bitterly frigid temperatures, blustery winds, soaking rain and heavy snow.

Below zero, freezing temperatures for most of the nation

Below zero temperatures are anticipated on Saturday morning for portions of Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Below freezing temperatures are anticipated for the majority of the nation.

The bone-chilling temperatures the polar vortex will bring are bad news for arthritis sufferers. Now is the time to stock up on arthritis pain relief medication before winter weather prohibits travel.

Looking ahead: NWS winter weekend weather conditions forecasts

Here is a look at your Friday through Sunday weather conditions forecast across the US by the National Weather Service (NWS). Conditions are subject to change.

Winter weather forecast for Friday, February 5

Snow is forecast across the Northwest from Washington stretching south-southeast, heavy in places, spanning into the Midwest and upper Midwest and down into Nebraska and Kansas. Snow is forecast over the upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid-South and into the mid Atlantic. The Northeast will see mixed precipitation and freezing rain.

Winter weather forecast for Saturday, February 6

A band of snow storms will span across the northern tier of the US from Washington, stretching south-southeast across the Midwest and Ohio Valley into the mid Atlantic to the New Jersey coast and upstate New York.

Winter weather forecast for Sunday, February 7

Snow storms will extend from Washington into the Midwest, as well as across the entirety of the mid-Atlantic into the Northeast. Mixed precipitation is forecast across the northeastern seaboard.

Winter weather alerts

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter weather alerts and warnings affecting more than 25 million people on Friday, CNN reported.

The States most under weather alerts on Friday are: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and New York.

6 more weeks of winter or an early spring?

On Groundhog’s Day, February 2, 2021, that furry prognosticator, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter.

The forecasters at Fox8 say in the next few weeks that the La Niña pattern is going to funnel in. They predict notable cold within the next 1-3 weeks. They agree that Punxsutawney Phil was likely correct in predicting 6 more weeks of winter. They predict the snow totals, which are somewhat lagging behind, will catch up to the average by the end of winter.