It’s Gonna be a Bear of a Week

Bitter cold. Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories across 12 states. Wind Chills as low as -50F across far northern portions of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Temperatures well below average reach southward to the Southern Plains and eastward to the Upper Ohio Valley. “Significant” ice storms. Extensive areas of snow. Power outages and scattered tree damage likely.


Winter is gripping much of the U.S. this week as an arctic air mass is entrenched over the Central U.S. and will expand into the South and Northwest. Snow is expected to move through the Northeast and New England on Tuesday and an extensive area of snow and freezing rain is expected to setup from the southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic over the next several days.

Bitter arctic air to remain entrenched across the north-central U.S. for the upcoming week while slowing expanding southward.

Significant ice storm possible Wednesday into Thursday from the Mid Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley.

Setting the stage for another frigid February day is a brutally cold arctic high pressure system located across the north-central United States. Wind Chills as low as -40 to -50 degrees can be found across far northern portions of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. High temperatures will struggle to make it above zero from Montana to Minnesota through the next few days, with lows in the negative teens and negative twenties.

Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories stretch across 12 states from the Northern/Central Plains to the Midwest. Temperatures well below average also reach southward to the Southern Plains and eastward to the Upper Ohio Valley. By Thursday this cold airmass is expected to ooze south across more of the south-central U.S., as well as the Pacific Northwest.

With cold air in place, two separate waves of wintry precipitation are set to impact areas from the Southern Plains to New England through Thursday.

Starting today, an area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the Ohio Valley this morning and move toward the New England coastline by tonight. Light-to-moderate snow will affect regions across the Interior Northeast and New England. Upwards of 3 to 6 inches of snow could be found here and lead to isolated travel disruptions. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been issued.

Meanwhile, light freezing rain may cause slippery conditions from central Oklahoma to western Kentucky today.

By Wednesday, precipitation is expected to break out to the north possibly produce more noteworthy freezing rain issues. Shallow cold air at the surface being pumped in from the arctic airmass over the north-central U.S. will help set the stage for a potentially significant ice storm from the Southern Plains to the Mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys.

Freezing rain should develop early Wednesday across northern Arkansas and quickly spread east-northeast to the Ohio Valley by Wednesday afternoon. Widespread ice accretion greater than one tenth of an inch will be found across the region by Thursday morning, with over a quarter inch possible in northeast Arkansas. By later in the day Thursday, local amounts exceeding a half inch of freezing rain will be possible between northern Arkansas and western West Virginia. Power outages and scattered tree damage is likely. Slightly to the north, areas of light snow will be found across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic throughout Wednesday and Thursday. Heavier snowfall amounts will be possible across sections of Maryland and northern Virginia starting Wednesday night, which may lead to hazardous travel conditions.

Light to moderate snow likely across the Northeast and New England today.

8 thoughts on “It’s Gonna be a Bear of a Week”

  1. Does say that the consequences of an SSW come 5-6 weeks down the line at mid latitudes, doesn’t it?

    A really nice demonstration of that hypothesis, which now should have reasonably good data going back 60-70 years.

  2. Well I just heard an hour of Rush Limbaugh at this time and I can tell ya, the biggest “bear” we need to get rid of is Biden!

    He’ll mandate very soon that you won’t be allowed to have a fire in your fireplace during the coldest day of the winter up north because you’re burning down trees which is “destroying the planet.”
    If you do, the green police (part of Biden’s secret police state) will knock on your door when they sees smoke coming out of your chimney and give you a huge fine.

    I hope the stupid Americans who voted for this guy will learn what they voted for! They won’t make it beyond next winter.

  3. dont worry your solar panels and warm hearted democrats will see you through. What is the technical term for a hard frozen climate activist?

  4. This week has been a bear. WE have not seen above zero temps since the afternoon of February 5th. We may not see above zero again until next Sunday. Stay warm everybody!

  5. omg its COLD!
    sussed nullschool earth just now and minusc are sure in the 40s n more
    hard to guess what states i was clicking on, but the warmest i found was -17
    hope your power n gas supplies hold out

  6. I believe one effect of the GSM are these wildly oscillating meridional flow jet streams that will continue to turn weather upside down. Cold will become warm and warm will become cold. Here in western Montana, winter has been relatively balmy, alternating between cold rain and light dustings of snow. This mornings -2, is the first cold snap we’ve had.

  7. “The Beast” Came from the North

    European media are trying to connect the cold climate that reached foreign Europe with the “beast from the east”. But this time you shouldn’t be manipulating your favorite stereotypes. Abnormal frosts in February 2021 came from the ‘north’: a vast arctic anticyclone, which formed near the coast of Greenland, is being introduced deeper and deeper into Old Europe!

    Cold records started in Europe. It’s logical to expect records of minimum temperature, especially in Scandinavian countries, when Arctic air invades from the north. They have already happened in Norway. In Ålesund, this is not the first cold record in February.
    The first was recorded on February 6, when the thermometers dropped to -8.2°C. On February 9, with an anticyclonic calm climate, the night temperature dropped even more, now for Ålesund the record minimum for February 9 is -10.8°C, which is 3.4 degrees below the previous daily minimum. registered in 1963.

    In Germany, it didn’t break records, but last night became the coldest of almost the whole country since the beginning of the 21st century. In Saxony’s capital, Dresden, the temperature dropped to -16°C, in the country’s capital Berlin to -10°C, in northern Bavaria there were ten degrees of frost. The cold is going further south and east of Germany, the approaching night will be even colder.

    An unusually cold climate in the second half of the week awaits the Apennines and the Balkans.
    The frosts will reach this part of Europe not from the east, but from the northwest.

    The Hydrometeorological Center will review the temperature standards

    The scientific director of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center, Roman Vilfand, announced that meteorologists will revise the temperature standards in 2021. He spoke about this on February 9 at an online press conference at the press center of the information agency National News Service.

    As Vilfand explained, the period from 1991 to 2020 will be considered the base period. The current term is from 1961 to 1990, but “as the warming trend is very strong”, a revision of these climate norms is necessary.

    As a result of the recalculation, deviations from the norm will also change, they will not be as significant.

    “as the warming trend is very strong”
    -It’s a maneuver or manipulation of base datas of warming tendencies? Is that science? That’s right?

  8. Meanwhile, TV channels report near record high temperatures in Australia.
    When is the Climate Conference to be hosted by Biden ?

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