Arctic blast continues for Northern Plains with Northeast to see brutal cold next week

Wind chills could be minus 60 in the Midwest next week.

January 26, 2019, 6:23 AM

Bitterly cold air moving over the Great Lakes created the perfect conditions for lake effect snow on Friday. Squalls impacted Michigan and upstate New York, and at times produced snowfall rates of more than 2 inches per hour.

Temperatures remain brutally cold on Saturday morning, with wind chills below zero across much of the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest and northern New York.

The wind chill on Saturday morning is minus 20 in Minneapolis and minus 16 in Chicago.

It won’t be quite as bad farther east, with wind chills in the teens for the major cities in the Northeast.

Wind chills are 10 to 20 degrees below zero on Saturday morning across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
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There will be brief relief from the cold with the passage of a clipper system Sunday through early next week.

A low is expected to enter into the Upper Plains from Canada Saturday night into Sunday. Circulation will bring slightly warmer temperatures to the Plains and Great Lakes ahead of the system.

By Sunday evening, the system will be centered over the Dakotas and snow will be falling from Montana to Michigan. The Midwest can expect the majority of snow to fall Sunday night through Monday night.

A clipper system will move into the Upper Midwest on Monday night.
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The system is set to race eastward, and will impact Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley by Monday evening.

The entire East Coast will feel the effects of the clipper system by Tuesday afternoon.

The entire East Coast will see either rain or snow from the clipper system on Tuesday.
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Rain and a wintry mix can be expected along the immediate coast and to the south.

However, southern states like the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi have a chance at seeing flakes as well.

Snowfall totals will be light along the East Coast, but the Upper Midwest, northern New York and northern New England could see 6 to 12 inches.
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By Thursday, the clipper system will have moved out of the country and left behind significant snow accumulations. Models currently show the heaviest amounts of snow will fall in southern Wisconsin, upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and northern Maine.

These areas could see over 12 inches locally.

Dangerously cold air to follow storm

Wind chills on Monday morning will start to dive as the clipper system moves off the coast.
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Wind chill temperatures in the Dakotas, and Upper Midwest will deteriorate after the passage of the clipper system.

Monday wind chills will dip to minus 20, while it’ll feel like minus 30 or minus 40 from Des Moines, Iowa, to Fargo, North Dakota, on Tuesday.

Wind chill readings in Minneapolis, Minn., and Des Moines, Iowa, will be minus 30 on Tuesday morning.
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Wind chill temperatures on Wednesday will reach unprecedentedly low levels: minus 60 in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. In Chicago, it will feel like 50 below zero.

These are extremely dangerous conditions and caution should be exercised when heading outdoors. Frostbite can occur within minutes.

Wind chills will be an incredibly dangerous minus 60 in Minneapolis, Minn., and Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, while it will feel like minus 50 in Chicago.
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