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.
Another round of rain is expected to move through the Carolinas on Saturday, which may lead to rises on some small streams and creeks.
A strengthening storm system will bring the threat for flooding, mudslides and severe thunderstorms to areas from Italy into the Balkans later Friday into the weekend.
Winter will kick off with mild weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as an intensifying El Nino influences the weather pattern across the country.
A "blob" of abnormally cold water in the North Atlantic, located near Greenland, has the potential to put enough drag on the ocean current to impact weather conditions in the years to come.
“It was by far the most intimidating natural disaster I have ever chased,” Storm Chaser and Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said of the historic flooding in South Carolina.
Cool weekend weather is in store for the Northeast after rain and thunderstorms dampen the region on Friday.
Boston, MA (1703)
"The snow is now 3 or 4 inches deep and a very cold northwest wind"..."much ice". Samuel Sewall, Diary, Mass. Hist. Sec. Coll., 46, 89.
Key West, FL (1846)
(Oct. 10 & 11) Havana-Key West-Atlantic Coast hurricane. In Havana, pressure was 27.06"/916.4 mb. Key West almost destroyed. Fort Taylor, "mass of ruins," 5' of water in city.
New England (1925)
Widespread early snow in New England -- 24" northern VT and NH -- highways blocked on weekend-- football played in deep snow.