STATE COLLEGE — The next blast of brutal cold will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States early this week and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in many communities, Accuweather meteorologists report this morning.
While harsh cold is returning to the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, it will pale in comparison to what will follow through Wednesday.
The impending polar plunge will rival the frigid days from earlier this January for the coldest daytime highs and nighttime lows so far this winter.
The arctic air first plunged into the Upper Midwest, northern Plains and northern Rockies on Sunday and is expected to continue pressing to the south and east through Tuesday.
The magnitude of this cold blast will be enough to produce a far-reaching threat of frostbite, hypothermia, frozen pipes and water main breaks.
Care should also be taken to ensure that livestock and other animals housed outdoors have adequate shelter.
Across most of the Northeast, highs will be held to the single digits and teens on Tuesday and Wednesday. Biting winds will usher in the frigid air, creating dramatically colder temperatures.