Polar Vortex Wraps U.S. with Frigid Grip

Unmatched since February of 1996, a polar vortex is behind a powerful cold front carrying Arctic temperatures that is rushing into the East Coast today after plummeting temperatures into the negatives throughout the Midwest and eastern Plains.

 

Polar Vortex

A polar vortex is the persistent air that travels around the poles.

Wind chills are expected to drop the temperature as low as -55°F Monday night in some areas and the National Weather Service has issued wide-ranging wind chill warnings from Montana to Alabama. You should take steps to minimize your exposure to this danger

Wind chill temperatures are well below zero in many states and below zero as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. 25 states are currently experiencing wind chill temperatures below 0 - Credit: WeatherBug

Wind chill temperatures are well below zero in many states and below zero as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. 25 states are currently experiencing wind chill temperatures below 0 – Credit: WeatherBug

Some schools and day care centers have closed their doors as a precaution since many roads have been rendered impassable due to snow and wind. About 3,300 flights nationwide have been canceled Monday according to flightaware.com.

If you’re traveling during this period, be sure to check WeatherBug before heading out!

Credit: WeatherBug

Credit: WeatherBug

The immediate forecast offers little relief but by Wednesday, temperatures should start creeping back to normal. Get the full story here.

Nearly half of the country is covered in at least one National Weather Service alert!

Nearly half of the country is covered in at least one National Weather Service alert!

Stay Safe! Know Before™.

The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

 

 

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