Arctic air will shift into the Midwest, bringing temperatures as much as 30 degrees below average into the weekend. Temperatures will fall low enough to challenge records late this week.
Some major cities, such as Minneapolis, were already experiencing very cold air on Tuesday, as the high only reached 6 F.
The core of the cold air will stay in the northern tier of the country, spanning cities such as Green Bay, Chicago, Fargo and Traverse City.
Temperatures are forecast to rebound a bit for Friday in Minneapolis after bottoming out on Thursday, only reaching 1 degree above zero. Highs will be limited to the single digits once again though the weekend. Overnight lows each night are forecast to be well below zero.
Average high temperatures for the end of February in Minneapolis are in the lower 30s, with average lows near 18 F.
Chicago will also endure colder air to end the week. Highs on Thursday were kept in the teens yet again with a low Thursday night within a few degrees of zero. Similar to Minneapolis, temperatures in Chicago are forecast to rebound a bit before the end of the week, reaching the low 20s on Friday.
Additionally, snow looks to return to The Windy City this weekend, just in time for the hockey game being held at Solider Field Saturday night.
Cold of this caliber is dangerous, and residents are urged to bundle up and cover their skin. Being outside with exposed skin for only a short duration in this level of cold can lead to frostbite.
In addition to the cold, a more active weather pattern will set in to end the winter. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained that the moist jet from the Pacific and Polar jet will bring more frequent storms with heavy precipitation.
The cold will continue to shift south and east into next week.
The next round of thunderstorm downpours will swing into the Appalachians with the risk of isolated flash flooding on Monday.
Following a rain-free weekend for many in the Northeast, residents may be wondering if this is a sign of things to come for July.
A persistent storm track will keep summer warmth out of the United Kingdom through much of July.
Rounds of drenching thunderstorms could bring drought relief to parts of the southern United States into July.
Severe storms will bring large hail and damaging wind gusts to parts of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas on Monday.
The most intense heat wave in more than a decade for some parts of Germany has been replaced with cooler air and no return of heat is in sight.
Extreme heat: Raleigh, NC 104 degrees, June record Greensboro, NC 102 degrees, June record Charlotte, NC 102.8 degrees, June record Columbia, SC 107 degrees, record high
Louisiana/Texas border (1957)
Hurricane Audrey 940 mb/27.75"; 105 plus mph winds, $130 million damage, 430 lost in storm tide when it smashed ashore at Cameron, LA; bayou areas flooded.
Record heat wave continued: Location: New Record(F): Old Record(F)/Year: Denver, CO 102 96/1970 Phoenix, AZ 118 116/1979 Los Angeles, CA 109 102/1976