But the type of cold expected this week will be the coldest air of the season, and will even reach some major cities in the Northeast and New England.
New York City and Boston will both be in the freezing point this week, flirting with “feels like” temperatures around zero or below.
As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, which drives the temperature of the skin and eventually the internal body temperature down. Therefore, the wind makes it “feel” much colder.
For example, across the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains, where temperatures have dropped to dangerously cold levels, morning air temperatures in some areas were 5 to 15 degrees below zero, but with the wind chill, it felt like it was 35 to 45 degrees below zero.
If you’re a weather nerd, you’ll enjoy this tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS), which shows what happens on the radar when the ground temperature gets as cold as the cloud peaks.
Temperatures in Minnesota were as cold as 31 degrees below zero Monday morning.
Over 185 million people, or more than half of the U.S. population, were below freezing Monday morning, with nearly 10 million below zero, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
A strong cold front with a cooling breeze of arctic air is responsible for the extreme cold.
“Although wind cooling values are dangerously cold in the Upper Midwest [Monday] tomorrow, the rarity of the temperature forecasts for New York and Boston should be noted, “said CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.” With a forecast of only 20 F degrees on Tuesday, Central Park will fall about 20 degrees below its climatological norm of 40 F for this season.”
In fact, warnings and warnings about wind cooling spread across 12 states Monday, from Montana to Maine.
Across the Vermont Summit in New Hampshire, “it feels like” temperatures could bottom out as low as minus 60.
“Temperatures in this cold can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as ten minutes,” warned the Weather Prediction Center (WPC).
New York City will not be quite as cold, but still extreme, with “feels like” temperatures dropping to below zero Tuesday morning, a rare event for the Big Apple.
“With temperatures below freezing for 72 hours and well over 10 to 20 degrees below normal for 48 hours, poorly insulated water pipes can freeze and related structural floods,” warned the NWS in New York City.
Boston will also be in the Arctic air mass, with bitter cold arriving tonight as the temperature drops to single digits.
“Wind cooling values will feel even colder given the strong winds,” says NWS Boston. “A wind chill notice remains in effect, starting early Tuesday morning for wind chill values less than -15 F.”
Tuesday’s weather forecast is only 12 degrees, which has only happened nine times since 1986, according to Javaheri.
Boston Public Schools is closed Tuesday due to the cold temperatures and dangerous wind cooling.
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While the cold spell will be significant, it will be quite short-lived and limited to one or two regions of the country.
“Compare that to last month, which saw several weeks of record-breaking heat across more than half of the country, helping to give birth to deadly severe weather that was unprecedented in December,” Miller said.
He also adds, “But cold extremes are becoming far fewer, especially compared to hot extremes, which surpass them by two or three to one over the past decade.”
The cold and wind bring an impressive snow effect on the lake
Bitter cold and strong winds trigger some pretty incredible snow bands with sea effect.
The NWS office in Binghamton has issued a snow warning on the lake for snow totaling ten to 20 inches of snow. Winds are gusts up to 40 mph, resulting in wind chill values as low as 30 degrees below zero.
The snow bands travel as far as northeastern Connecticut, more than 200 miles away.
Usually the lakes reach their peak for percentage frozen in late February or early March. The sea effects will typically decrease in February.
Washington State is facing more rain and snow
The state of Washington has for the past many weeks been out of the way for one extreme weather event after another.
A number of atmospheric rivers have left the state buried under historical amounts of snow and unprecedented floods.
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Monday afternoon that it will reopen the U.S. 12-White Pass. When the White Pass reopens, it will mean that three of the four Cascade Range passes that were closed last week will be reopened after the winter weather led to the closures.
Snoqualmie and Blewett Pass reopened Sunday night. Stevens Pass is unlikely to open until Wednesday, according to the state DOT.
The Snoqualmie, Stevens, White, and Blewett passes are main routes connecting the western and eastern parts of the state.
The Skokomish River, which rose rapidly and forced the residents of the Skokomish Valley to evacuate, could rise again in the middle of the week with the next round of rain.
“Atmospheric river moves into western Washington tonight and stagnates over the area until Wednesday,” the Seattle NWS office said.
The total rainfall from last night to Wednesday in the Olympic Mountains will be in the range of five to ten inches, and the North Cascades can get three to five inches of rain.
“Excessive runoff can result in flooding of rivers, streams, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas,” the NWS Seattle added.
According to the Washington Department of Transportation, “There is still a danger of avalanches on rare trails and several 30-35-foot-high slides across the roadway (along U.S. 2 east of Seattle). Stevens Pass is unlikely to reopen before Wednesday, Jan. 12. “
Weather disasters cost $ 145 billion last year as the price of the climate crisis rises ‘from the charts’
The United States experienced 20 disasters in 2021, costing at least $ 1 billion each.
That is two billion fewer disasters than 2020, the record year, but the data show that 2021 disasters were more deadly and costly.
The total cost of the disasters was $ 145 billion, which is $ 43 billion more than last year. From 2011 to 2021, such disasters have cost $ 1 trillion.
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From drought, to heat, to floods to fires, our world is experiencing an unprecedented number of weather disasters.
See to find out why we are experiencing more extreme weather than ever before.
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Haley Brink, Rachel Ramirez, John Keefe, Priya Krishnakumar and Joe Sutton contributed to this weather column
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