LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The recent surge of arctic air in Wisconsin has led to record-breaking low temperatures in places like Owen, a Clark County town that hit minus 31 degrees this week.
A La Crosse Tribune report says
records were tied or broken in about half a dozen cities in the region.
Owen got down to minus 31 degrees, two degrees colder than the previous record set in 1963.
Zack Taylor is a meteorologist with the National Weather service. He says the cold is part of an arctic front. He says temperatures should warm up a tad later this week, but another arctic front could arrive by the weekend.
Cold, blustery conditions will push across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest on Tuesday as an arctic air mass sweeps across the region.
WCCO meteorologists are forecasting the coldest New Year's Eve ever in International Falls, Minn. The forecast is a low of -39° (the old record is -38°).
Temperatures are expected to be 20 to
30 degrees below normal in North Dakota and Minnesota, while a line of snow
showers will move across the area. The heaviest snow is expected to develop in
the Dakotas, southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin and
CBS Chicago reports that snow is expected to start falling Tuesday afternoon and continue into New Year’s Day.
The National Weather Service predicts three to five inches
of snow starting Tuesday afternoon in much of northern Illinois including the
Chicago area. A winter weather advisory from Tuesday afternoon
through Wednesday morning affects Rockford, DeKalb, Chicago and other cities
north of U.S. Route 30.
Parts of southern Illinois could see light snow starting Wednesday.
Local officials and authorities are urging extra caution on the roads with the festivities and possible snowy weather.
In New York, sub-freezing
temperatures are forecast as the crowd is expected to reach one million to
watch the New Year ball to drop.
A separate system is expected to usher snow showers across the northern Rockies on Tuesday, as locally heavy snow will be possible in parts of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana.
Just to the west, an onshore flow will allow for showers to develop over western Washington and northwestern Oregon. The remainder of the West Coast will experience dry conditions as a ridge of high pressure builds over the eastern Pacific.
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