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Heavy snow to push across Upper Midwest, bitter cold follows

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Leonard Rios | 30 January, 2019, 04:11

The potentially record-breaking low temperature forecast in Milwaukee is negative 28 degrees (negative 33 degrees Celsius), with a wind chill as low as negative 50 (negative 45 degrees Celsius).

"Through late next week, it will be a very cold stretch and high energy draw from the Plains to the East Coast". It will be breezy and that means it will feel like it is below zero for much of the day.

The governor of IL on Monday issued an emergency preparedness plan ahead of a "historic" polar vortex of cold air and wind descending on much of the USA, warning residents that temperatures were likely to plunge well below zero.

"If travel is planned across the area this afternoon and evening, motorists should be prepared to encounter snow-covered roads, and slow travel conditions", the Chicago office said.

It is possible that overnight temperatures in Chicago bottom out at minus 16. The sudden arrival of the freezing air lowers temperatures, and that's just what it's expected to do next week.

The cold snap, which the NWS has described as potentially "unprecedented", "brutal" and "life-threatening", is expected to touch down in the U.S. in the middle of next week, affecting almost 200 million people from the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions to the eastern seaboard, all the way down to Florida.

A winter storm brought several inches of snow to northern IL as the region braces for record-low subzero temperatures.

There will be primarily rain in New York City with snow up to the northwest.

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Similar temperature departures are anticipated southward to near the Interstate 10 corridor.

A surge of arctic air is about to bring parts of the Midwest the coldest temperatures in years by the middle of this week, as part of the polar vortex is set to blast the region with dangerously cold temperatures.

Next week, be sure to dress warmly and cover all exposed skin to protect yourself from frostbite.

Homeless shelters were preparing for the onslaught of cold.

Keeping things upbeat, some meteorologists have dubbed the coming storm "Barney", as in Barney the Dinosaur, due to forecast maps' use of the colour purple to indicate extremely cold temperatures. Amid the cold, lake-effect snow and squalls can create other travel hazards downwind of the Great Lakes.

Over the next week there will be two cold waves impacting the eastern half of the country.

"However, below-normal conditions can still be anticipated in the Upper Midwest and Northeast", he said.

The Midwest is already shivering from a cold front. Scientists predict that January will be the coldest month of them all.

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