A blast of Arctic air is going to intrude upon the central, eastern, and southern portions of the U.S. in the coming days, ushering in the coldest weather so far of the young winter season.
How cold will it get and where can you expect the temperatures to drop to potentially dangerous levels? Read on for all of the details.
Arctic Air Will Arrive in U.S. by End of Week
A mass of Arctic is currently making its way through western and central portions of Canada as it gears up to creep to the south and enter the U.S. by late in the week. The cold will be more than just a nuisance.
Energy demands will soar thanks to the rapidly dropping temperatures while frozen pipes could also burst and lead to property damage across a large swath of the region.
The coldest temperatures are expected to arrive behind a powerful winter storm that is currently impacting the Pacific Northwest.
This storm delivered a knockout punch to the mountains of the Cascades on Tuesday, creating blizzard conditions and bringing traffic across Washington and Oregon to a halt.
The bulk of the precipitation will move into the interior portions of the West on Wednesday, bringing measurable snow to places such as Salt Lake City.
This storm system is forecast to reorganize and grow stronger when it churns over the central U.S. on Thursday. This strengthening will result in the formation of likely blizzard conditions for parts of the Midwest on Friday and Saturday.
You can expect the cold air to journey to the south through the weekend, eventually reaching the Plains and the Mississippi Valley.