Severe Arctic cold outbreak to hit U.S. in mid January

January 1, 2011Just when you thought the weather in the U.S. couldn’t get any more extreme- along comes a new twist. Meteorologists at Accuweather are predicting the coldest weather yet will slam the U.S. midwest in mid January. “The latest indications are that nasty cold will burst onto the Plains and spread over much of the nation during the middle of January. Warning, if you don’t like cold, reading this could be painful as it appears the “ice man cometh.” Cities like Omaha and Chicago could have one or more days where the temperature fails to get past zero and many cities in the I-95 Northeast could have a few days with highs in the teens…Often when a big ridge pops up in Alaska, a big dip in the jet (trough) occurs over the middle of the North American continent, allowing arctic air to drain southward into southern Canada and much of the U.S. The pattern could bring the coldest weather of the winter for much of Texas. The Lone Star State has been experiencing above-normal temperatures through December.” Accuweather
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