The eastern U.S. is forecast to see “several rounds of Arctic cold” through early February, according to meteorologists.
While the western U.S. is forecast to stay warm and dry, the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts at least a 50 percent chance the Northeast and Great Plains will see frigid winter weather starting from Feb. 3 to 7.
The most northern reaches of Wisconsin and Minnesota, of course, have an 80 percent chance of below normal weather, which is not exactly great news given those areas are already well-below freezing.
Just when you thought it was safe to put away the balaclava…
Several rounds of Arctic cold are forecast through early February for the Eastern half of the nation, while the West Coast stays warm and dry. #CaliforniaDreamin https://t.co/o9au44Auft pic.twitter.com/apIn2zTw7I
— NWS (@NWS) January 29, 2018
But Americans living east of the Rocky Mountains can also expect a burst of cold weather before the timetable laid out in the NWS forecast. Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said a “polar vortex” spinning over Hudson Bay will put the eastern U.S. in a deep freeze over the next five days.
Centroid of intense tropospheric #PolarVortex situated over Hudson Bay during next 5-days. Filaments break off an orbit the main vortex bringing waves of cold air to southern Canada and the Northern Lower 48.
GFS 12z (@WeatherdotUS) pic.twitter.com/rEZhj1AaKm
— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) January 29, 2018
Temperatures in D.C. are expected to drop slightly over the next couple of days, warm up, then drop again by the end of the week. Tuesday morning could even see some snow during rush hour, The Washington Post reported.
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