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Arctic Cold Front to Bring Areas of Heavy Snow and Much Below Normal Temperatures to the Central U.S.

A strong cold front will sag south across the central U.S. today through this weekend with heavy snow and gusty winds from the northern Rockies into the central Plains, Great Lakes, and eventually the Northeast. Much below normal temperatures will spread across much of the northwest and north-central U.S. this weekend into next week. Heavy rain near the Gulf may bring flooding in the South. Read More >

Overview

An intense Arctic outbreak affected a large part of the Midwest, at the end of January. Temperatures fell into the 20s and 30s below zero in some areas, with wind chills at times worse than 50 below zero. Such intense cold is not very common in this area; the last comparable period was in early January 2014. A low temperature of 38 degrees below zero was observed at Mount Carroll, in far northwest Illinois; this is being evaluated as potentially the coldest low temperature ever observed in Illinois.

Low temperature on January 30, 2019. Image courtesy Midwestern Regional Climate Center.
Low temperatures on January 30th.
(Image courtesy Midwestern Regional Climate Center)
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