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Extreme Cold Set To Hit US — 75% Of The Country Will Be Below Freezing

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

Winter is coming. Or at least that’s what weather forecasters are predicting for the second week of December.

Dr. Ryan Maue, meteorologist with WeatherBell Analytics, posted a weather forecast showing “extreme cold” building in Alaska that’s going to swing southeast in the coming days and bring freezing weather to the lower 48 states.

While the cold won’t necessarily be record-breaking, it will surely bring some record lows and maybe even some snow. Maue said “that over 75% of the USA will be below freezing for overnight lows on December 8th” based on forecasts he provided to meteorologist Anthony Watts at the blog Watts Up With That.

Maue’s tweets come after Roger Pielke Sr., a University of Colorado-Boulder climate scientist, tweeted out this forecast:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts above normal precipitation for the northern half of the U.S., meaning “heavier snow in the northern plains and northern Rockies, along with heavier snow in the Great Lakes and Northeast,” according to Watts.

So what’s driving the massive cold front about the crash into the lower 48? Watts wonders if it has to do anything with the “cold blob” of water in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Either way, NOAA forecasts the lower 48 and Alaska to be in a deep cold next week, so bundle up!

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