The reappearance of the polar vortex means the return of frigid air and a little snow at times in the Minneapolis area this week.
Two main waves of frigid air will roll through this week.
One blast will settle in Tuesday and another blast will move in Wednesday night and Thursday.
The second blast will be the coldest of the two. Temperatures may stay below zero from Wednesday evening into Friday midday.
Brisk winds will result in AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures well below zero much of the time.
The cold wave will release its grip a little by Saturday with lighter winds, but temperatures may still be no higher than the single digits.
It has been 35 years since there has been a winter this cold in the Minneapolis area.
The mean average temperature during the meteorological winter, which runs from December through February, is 10.3 degrees. This is the 11th coldest on record for Minneapolis, according to the National Weather Service.
Tune in to AccuWeather Live Midday every weekday at noon EST. We will be talking about the return of cold air in the Midwest and East, as well as more storms and the potential for rain in California.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours that will break the back of the heat wave in much of the northeastern United States.
Heavy downpours will raise the concern for flash flooding along the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through midweek.
A stifling heat wave will remain entrenched across the Northeast much of this week, despite a brief reprieve in humidity for some.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northeast on Monday, lashing the region with damaging winds while also unleashing heavy downpours that triggered flash flooding.
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Bridgetown, NJ (1803)
Tornado at 8:00 a.m. "The storm increased, and for the space of about three-quarters of an hour the lightnings were incessant and the thundering most awfully majestic." "The body of a covered wagon, taken from the wagon house, torn from from the springs, shattered and set up on end, the axel trees broken and 3 of the wheels torn from the same were found in different places at a distance of 50 feet." "One new wheel of a new heavy strong wagon broken entirely to pieces."
Hurricane near Jacksonville; $2.5 million damage in East Florida.
Charlotte, NC (1979)
Last of 12 straight days on which some rain fell. Total precipitation was 3.74".