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.
A brief warmup is in store for the Pittsburgh area this weekend before cooler weather makes a return for the start of the new week.
A brief warmup is in store for the Cleveland area this weekend before cooler weather makes a return for the start of the new week.
Sunny skies will continue to bathe the Los Angeles area.
Sunny skies will bathe the Bay Area for the new week.
Well-above normal temperatures will highlight the weekend in Seattle.
Off-and-on showers and thunderstorms will be in the picture for the coming week in Dallas.
Rangely, CO ()
Large hail (some 4" in diameter) caused $ million in damages to cars, trucks, and buildings.
Centre County, PA (1792)
Quote from the diary of William Colbert, a Methodist Circuit Rider up in Centre County: "A very cold morning. It was surprising to see so much snow on the ground at this season of the year. The limbs of the peach trees broke, and large limbs of the oaks broke down, and saplings bent across the road. It began to snow last night before we went to bed. I came out of my way by Lamb's to Phillip Antes."
A total of 9 inches of rain in 6 hours causes flooding on Sugar Creek.