Shoveling snow and schools closed for days on end. So much “warming” that you are in danger of freezing your skin in 5 minutes. /sarc;
Deep cold has metro school districts closing until Thursday
Minneapolis, St. Paul and several suburbs have declared snow emergencies.
By Tim Harlow Star Tribune
January 28, 2019 — 6:22pm
The sun briefly came out late Monday morning as winter storm warnings gave way to windchill advisories and a temperature free fall was about to begin. Actual air temperatures will fall below zero Monday night and remain there through until Friday morning, with near record lows close to minus-30 degrees expected by midweek, the National Weather Service said.
Adding to the misery will be dangerously low windchills on Tuesday night through Thursday morning approaching minus-50 to minus-65 in the metro area and across east central, south central and southeast Minnesota, weather service said.
“The dangerously cold windchills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes,” the weather service said in issuing windchill advisories in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and a windchill warning in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Thursday.
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:58 AM PST
By Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — An arctic wave has wrapped parts of the Midwest in numbing cold, sending temperatures plunging and prompting officials to close schools in several states on Friday, but forecasters say the worst may be yet to come.
Cold weather advisories were in effect from North Dakota to Ohio, with dangerously cold wind chills that could dip to as low as 45 below zero in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota and to 35 below in parts of northern Illinois and Iowa.
The bitter cold caused administrators in Wisconsin’s largest school district to cancel classes, meaning nearly 78,000 students in Milwaukee Public Schools were told to stay home Friday. High temperatures in the area were expected to reach just 2 degrees with a wind chill of minus 23.
That’s a high of 2 degrees F, or MINUS 16.6 C.
Ice fishing guide Bryan Lang acknowledged that extreme cold was part of his job in northern North Dakota, but he said he felt lucky to have taken Friday off work: the morning temperature was negative 21 degrees with a wind chill of minus 42.
“I’m glad to be in the house drinking coffee,” he laughed.
The deep freeze caused organizers of the Winter Carnival in Minnesota to cancel several events, including Thursday night’s parade through downtown St. Paul. In South Dakota, the city of Sioux Falls has closed its six outdoor skating rinks because of the cold weather.
Even harsher weather is expected next week. Bitter cold as bad — if not worse — than the 2014 polar vortex outbreak is expected, as frigid air escapes the Arctic in two icy excursions into Canada and the continental U.S., according to Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for weathermodels.com.
The first bout of cold air will strike northern Michigan and bring extreme cold to Ontario, while the second will spin south over the Midwest and through the Great Lakes, Maue said.
“It’s going to be some insult after injury,” Maue said. “Any hope in sight for a warm-up? No.”
It is pretty bad when you close your ice skating rinks due to the ice being too cold… then ‘no hope’ is a bit discouraging…
Of course, being NBC, they just must “kiss the ring” of Global Warming at the end of the article. Claiming the world is 1.08 (F) warmer than ’79-2000 “average”. Even though individual places are colder, somehow when averaged together the whole is warmer… just sayin’… maybe they ‘homogenized’ the Australian Out-Back over to North America… /snark;
As my Son is living in Chicago now, I tend to pay attention to when his walk to the train station can be damaging. The good news is his employer will let folks work from home on the dangerously cold days. Also, being on the shore of one of the Great Lakes, the cold there is moderated a little compared to North Dakota / Minnesota and other inland areas.
It is definitely cold outside in the Midwest.
This has been christened “Barney” as the big purple blob on the weather maps reminds folks of the purple dinosaur of the same name. In a curious way, appropriate, as many folks also can’t stand that Barney either ;-)
Record cold headed for Chicago and Upper Midwest
January 28, 2019 by Robert
Brutal cold will likely shatter dozens of records across the Midwest and Great Lakes, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
By Tuesday night in Chicago, temperatures are expected to drop to 23F below zero, flirting with the city’s coldest temperature ever: minus 27F, set on Jan. 20, 1985. (Note: That is not just a daily record, it is an all-time record.)
Chicago’s daytime high – the high! – on Wednesday is expected to be of around 15F below (-26C),” said Hennen. Nighttime temperatures will plunge to 20-40 F below zero.
Yeah, record cold EVER set in 1985, and now we’re looking at lower. Ever lower ever colder records. But that’s “Global Warming” for you… Magical as it is… /sarc;