- Over the next few days, temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below average in the northern part of the country.
- More than 70% of Americans in the Lower 48 will experience below freezing temperatures.
- In addition to the cold, the heavy snow will also serve as a reminder that winter is not over yet.
After much of the nation enjoyed a mild weekend, freezing weather is on its way to much of the country this week, forecasters said, warning of ‘dangerously cold wind chills’ over parts of the central United States.
Over the next few days, temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below average in the northern part of the country, the National Weather Service said. Several places could experience record cold.
For example, Rapid City, South Dakota, will drop from a high of 53 degrees on Sunday to a high of 1 degree on Tuesday, the weather service said.
Across Nebraska, the wind chill will dip to 40 degrees below zero on Tuesday, which can cause frostbite on exposed skin “in as little as 10 minutes,” the weather service said. “Carry a winter survival kit if traveling to rural areas,” warned the North Platte, Nebraska Weather Service.
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Cold air will also invade the southern plains. By Wednesday morning, Amarillo, Texas will experience sub-zero wind chill temperatures, the weather service predicted. That compares to Monday’s high forecast of a balmy 72 degrees.
CNN reported that over the next week, more than 70% of Americans in the Lower 48 will experience sub-freezing temperatures and more than 15 million will experience sub-zero temperatures.
Snow in the forecast; ‘almost blizzard’ in the Dakotas
With the cold, the abundant snow will remind us that winter is not over. “A swath of tillable snow is expected from Wyoming and Colorado north to Nebraska and the Dakotas to Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff.
On Monday, the weather service warned that “increased winds could bring a heavy flurry of snow. Blizzard-like conditions are possible in parts of North and South Dakota. Travel is not advised.
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“Total snowfall will likely exceed 6 inches from the Dakotas in the upper Great Lakes. More than 12 inches is possible in some areas over the two days,” the weather service said.
The south faces a threat of severe weather, possible flooding, tornadoes
Severe thunderstorms and potentially devastating rain are forecast for the next few days in parts of the southeastern United States. “The hazards associated with these thunderstorms are frequent lightning, severe thunderstorm wind gusts, hail and a few tornadoes,” the weather service said.
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The Nashville, Tennessee, Weather Service office warned that “confidence is growing that a multi-day rain event will bring flood risk.”
The heavy rains will create numerous areas of flash flooding in the south, the weather service said. “Additionally, many streams may be flooded, potentially affecting larger rivers Tuesday through Wednesday morning.”