Winter Comes Early With Cold Arctic Blast
November 10, 2017
An arctic blast will slide across parts of the Midwest and Northeast into this weekend.
Old Man Winter is paying a brief visit to the Midwest and Northeast into this weekend, bringing the coldest air of the season so far, which could lead to record-low temperatures in some locations.
This is bringing a blast of arctic air to portions of the northern tier, which will last into the weekend. The result will be the coldest air so far this season in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, including the possibility of record lows.
Coldest Air So Far This Season Arrives Late Week, Including Possible Record Lows
The blast of winterlike temperatures first descended into the northern Plains Wednesday.
Temperatures were stuck in the teens and 20s in parts of the upper Midwest and northern Plains on Thursday. This allowed numerous daily record cold high temperatures to be set Thursday in International Falls, Minnesota (12 degrees), Hibbing, Minnesota (15 degrees), Duluth, Minnesota (18 degrees) and Aberdeen, South Dakota (21 degrees - tied).
Daily record low temperatures were also broken on Thursday, including International Falls, Minnesota (13 degrees below zero), Grand Forks, North Dakota (9 degrees below zero), Duluth, Minnesota (0 degrees), Marquette, Michigan (8 degrees), Minneapolis-St. Paul (12 degrees - tied) and La Crosse, Wisconsin (17 degrees). Interestingly, the record low tied in Minneapolis is the first record low tied or broken there since April 15, 2014.
That cold air is now sweeping through the Northeast, where temperatures will only be in the 20s and 30s on Friday in many areas.
Gusty winds are also expected and a wind advisory has been issued for parts of New England and New York. The wind will make it feel even colder, with wind chill values in the single digits and teens on Friday and below zero at times overnight into Saturday morning in some areas of the Northeast.
Behind the arctic front, areas of lake-effect snow may linger in the Great Lakes on Friday.
Parts of the upper Midwest and northern Plains are seeing temperatures drop into the teens and single digits to start the day on Friday. A few areas near the Canadian border have seen temperatures slip below zero in northern Minnesota. A few locations in eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota already dropped below zero Tuesday morning and again on Thursday morning.
Daily record low temperatures are once again expected on Friday. As of early Friday morning daily record lows have been set in International Falls, Minnesota (13 below zero), Duluth, Minnesota (5 below zero), Madison, Wisconsin (9 degrees), Rockford, Illinois (14 degrees), Flint (16 degrees), Chicago O'Hare International Airport (18 degrees - tied) and Detroit, Michigan (19 degrees - tied).
Low temperatures up to 25 degrees colder than average are currently anticipated Saturday morning from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. That means morning lows will be in the teens and 20s.
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