March is just around the corner, and you’re probably thinking about putting away the heavy clothing and bringing out some lighter alternatives. Unfortunately, the forecast is not looking like it going to warm up, so it may be in your best interest to leave the heavy jackets out for a while longer! If you live along the northern region of the United States, you are more than likely to continue experiencing extremely cold temperatures. The weather pattern will mimic the previous patterns that the northern and Midwestern states are begrudgingly familiar with.
This is because of a polar jet stream moving southward, which will move bitterly cold air directly from the Arctic Ocean down into the United States. The latest pattern will overtake the northern region of the U.S over this upcoming weekend. During the middle of this week, most of the south will endure bone-chilling temperatures as well. On Tuesday – Thursday, temperatures will be 10 to even 30 degrees colder than the late-February averages. At certain points, some of the upper Midwest and Plains regions could be up to 40 degrees below average.
In the Midwest, high temperatures in the single digits and teens will overtake Montana to parts of the Great Lakes. Near the Canadian border, some 20’s below zero are possible. Wind chills will be in the teen, 20’s and 30’s below zero from the northern Plains to the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes.
Along the I-95 corridor, highs will be in the 20’s and 30’s from Boston to Philadelphia. Through the Baltimore-Washington area, they will receive milder temperatures. In New England to Western New York, these regions will have highs in the teens and 20’s.
For the Southern Region, highs in the 40’s and 50’s will overtake a large part of the south by Wednesday. Temperatures in the Mid-South and Southern Plains will have widespread lows of 20 to 30 degrees below average. Central Florida may also experience some colder weather, with lows of 10 to 15 degrees below average predicted.
Information from the NOAA states that the overall temperature for the lower 48 states in January was near average. This is because for every extremely cold day, there was a very mild day to even it out. 18 states total recorded a top 15 coldest January.
Below average temperatures have dominated in February in many parts of the Midwest and Northeast. As a matter of fact, several cities in the Midwest have seen the coldest February yet! This includes Chicago, Green Bay, Dubuque, and Moline.
When looking at the larger picture, January was the Earth’s fourth warmest on the records dating to 1880, as reported from the NOAA. This past December was the third warmest on record! If you would like to stay updated on the most recent updates on this new polar vortex, check out the Weather Channel, or stay tuned to the local weather authority in your area!