Here it comes, ready or not.
After a warm November, the coldest weather of the season is forecast to roar across nearly the entire the U.S. this week, bringing freezing temperatures as far south as Florida.
This won’t be normal December cold, either, as temperatures will be some 10 to 20 degrees colder than typical December levels. Also, once it arrives, the chill will stick around well into next weekend and perhaps beyond.
Several rounds of light to moderate snow will accompany the cold in portions of the northern tier of the U.S. this week, though a big blizzard is not expected.
Below-zero temperatures are likely Tuesday through Thursday mornings from the Rockies to the northern Plains, according to the Weather Channel.
As is typical, some of the coldest temperatures will be in the Dakotas. Minot, N.D., should see a high temperature of 4 degrees on Wednesday, and a low of 3 below zero early Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
Howling winds will add to the misery. Dangerous wind chill values will develop, dropping as low as 30 below zero Tuesday night in the northern Plains, the weather service predicts.
Afternoon high temperatures in cities such as Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis will only be in the 20s by mid-week, AccuWeather said.
By the end of the week, the colder conditions will also reach the East Coast and Southeast, where high temperatures will only be in the 30s and 40s by Friday and Saturday.
“For many places in the East, temperatures on Friday will be lower than at any point during last year’s unusually warm December,” Thompson said.
“This arctic air mass will mean an early cold snap for much of Florida, where high temperatures in Tampa and Orlando will not even reach 60 degrees on Friday,” Thompson said.
A freeze is possible in Orlando by next weekend, according to WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue.
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