Millions of Americans will face Arctic temperatures
Forecasters have warned that a “big winter storm” is expected to hit parts of the northern tier of the United States in the next 24 hours, with temperatures in certain areas plunging as much as 30 degrees below normal, according to their models.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a possibility of extreme rainfall and severe thunderstorms from the southern plains through Tennessee and the Ohio Valley from Monday into Wednesday. In the next 48 hours, certain cities will see a significant polar dip.
A large winter storm is expected to develop over the Plains this evening and continue to develop over the following 24 hours, according to a tweet sent out yesterday night. On Monday, this system is expected to travel towards the western Great Lakes area.
In a statement, the National Weather Service stated that a combination of snow, sleet, and freezing rain may hit sections of the area in two waves. It also claimed that up to an inch of snow might fall per hour at times, with winds generating “blizzard conditions.”
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below normal throughout the Northern Tier States. It comes only a few days after Illinois was pummeled by a violent snowfall that resulted in a 100-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80, according to the National Weather Service.
Last Thursday, more than 50 million people in the United States were put under weather warnings due to cold weather, floods, and rain.
The temperature in Denver, which reached 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday, will plunge to -12 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday. Rapid City, South Dakota, which reached 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday, will see a temperature drop to -19 degrees Celsius on Monday (-2F).
Snow and strong northeast winds are expected to begin late Sunday night and continue through Tuesday, according to the meteorological service in Twin Cities, Minnesota, which tweeted the forecast.
Parts of the Upper Midwest may get heavy snowfall at times, with large accumulations in certain areas. Heat will be up to 20 degrees above normal across the central and southern high plains, increasing the likelihood of wildfires in those areas.
As a result of the high temperatures, dry fuels, and gusty winds across the Southern High Plains, the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) has issued a Critical Risk of fire weather for the area on Monday, which will diminish to an Elevated Risk on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Flights were canceled and residences were without power at the beginning of February as a result of yet another significant storm that brought heavy snowfall and a fatal tornado to the area.