- Extreme arctic blast will hit several regions.
- There could be record sub-zero temperatures.
- Many will see storms and icy winds.
The imminent arrival of an Arctic blast mass is raising concerns across vast areas of the central and western United States.
This phenomenon, driven by a storm and a high pressure system, will bring extremely low temperatures.
This could trigger dangerous and unprecedented conditions for this winter season, according to meteorologists.
In Montana, temperatures are expected to drop dramatically, reaching levels that could break records set decades ago.
Arctic blast: Record low temperatures expected
Localities like Great Falls are preparing to face highs of up to 20 degrees below zero, according to AccuWeather.
These temperatures will be followed by lows close to or below 30 degrees below zero, surpassing records dating back to 1971.
The impact of this extreme cold will be widely felt across the Northern Plains over the coming weekend.
Areas from the Dakotas to Minnesota are unlikely to get above freezing during the day.
Strong winds predicted
In areas affected by the recent snowfall, such as Chicago, especially challenging conditions are expected.
Strong winds will not only complicate travel, but will also lower temperatures to dangerous levels.
Officials are warning about possible difficulties with braking systems of passenger and freight trains due to the freezing conditions.
Despite the mitigating presence of the Great Lakes, the Midwest and Northeast are expected to be heavily impacted by this period of intense cold.
Snow and ice could cause cancellations
Frigid winds will contribute to ice formation on lake shores and heavy snowfall in specific areas.
There is the possibility of significant accumulations in places where snow bands persist.
Sports fans will also face challenges, as several football games are scheduled for this weekend in extremely cold conditions.
In particular, Kansas City is forecast to experience sub-zero temperatures during a night game, posing a challenge for the visiting Miami team.
Heavy wind gusts could knock out power
Similarly, during Sunday afternoon’s game with Pittsburgh, Buffalo is expected to have extreme conditions that will impact players and spectators.
Frigid air, rising toward the Appalachians, promises to spread over the mountains this weekend, according to AccuWeather predictions.
Strong gusts of wind could trigger power outages, leaving residents in the dark and shivering amid a sharp drop in temperatures.
The bitter cold will strain the fragile Southern U.S. grid, increasing energy demand.
What cities will be affected?
Below-freezing overnight temperatures will affect unusual areas such as southern Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.
Cities like Dallas are forecast to hit record lows, putting additional pressure on network capacity.
The snow cover on the plains will act as an insulator, allowing the cold to move south and east.
This could lead to unusual areas, from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast north of Florida, experiencing the coldest temperatures of winter in the coming days.
Scenario for possible storms
Penetrating arctic air will set the stage for possible storms bringing snow and ice to the southern and eastern U.S. next week.
This situation will likely trigger unusual weather events in regions unaccustomed to these conditions.
A potential storm will waste no time taking advantage of this climate scenario, expanding the winter precipitation zone.
It is expected to extend from Texas and Oklahoma towards states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee next Monday.