A deep freeze is forecast to hit the U.S. Midwest this week, with snow, brutally cold temperatures and potentially life-threatening wind chill across northern IL and northwest IN by midweek, the National Weather Service said.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said that, potentially, "more than 6 inches of snow" could fall near Fargo, North Dakota; Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago and Detroit. The chilly temperatures are expected to dip 20 to 40 degrees below normal, resulting in an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia in people and animals by the middle of the week.
The high in Chicago on Wednesday will only reach minus 15 degrees. Highs wil lbe in the upper teens and lows will be in the low teens.
Keeping things upbeat, some meteorologists have dubbed the coming storm "Barney", as in Barney the Dinosaur, due to forecast maps' use of the colour purple to indicate extremely cold temperatures.
Regardless of where you live, much of the country is expecting to feel what could be record-setting lows this week.
It is possible that overnight temperatures in Chicago bottom out at minus 16.
The Midwest is already shivering from a cold front.
- It's about to get very cold in New York City and the surrounding region.
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Similar temperature departures are anticipated southward to near the Interstate 10 corridor.
Heavy snow will follow early next week in the North Plains and Mississippi Valley on Sunday, and the Great Lakes and Northeast early next week, according to the National Weather Service, which added that there will be dangerously cold temperatures beginning this weekend and into next week across all affected regions.
Be sure that livestock have sufficient means to stay warm and limit time that pets venture outside.
Motorists should only travel with a winter survival kit in the event you break down and have to wait for help.
Snow will accompany the cold across the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast (Fig. 7).
Heavy snow and gusting winds have created blizzard-like conditions across the Upper Midwest, prompting officials to close hundreds of schools, courthouses and businesses, and ground air travel.
The recent increase in cold outbreaks across the midwestern and eastern U.S.is exactly what Pastelok and the AccuWeather Long-Range Forecasting Team anticipated when they released the winter forecast months ago.