News & Opinion | November 12, 2019 11:13 am

Forecasters Expect “Arctic Blast” to Break More Than 300 Weather Records

Sounds like it’s officially time to dig your winter gear out of the closet

Forecasters Expect "Arctic Blast" to Break More Than 300 Weather Records
A winter storm in the Denver metro area in, March 2019. (Aron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty)
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Already stretching from the Canadian border to southern Texas, freezing temperatures are moving east and are expected to hit everywhere from New England to Florida over the next several days.

Called the “Arctic Blast,” the massive cold front is expected to leave more than 300 record-breaking (or record-equaling) cold temperatures in its wake and dump snow on more than 70 million people.

“This will make it feel like in the middle of winter rather than in November for much of the eastern two-thirds of the country for the next few days,” according to The National Weather Service.

Already down in the Great Plains, temperatures are expected to plummet on the East Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday with some places experiencing temperatures on Wednesday afternoon that are more than 30 degrees below average, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Unfortunately, the cold weather in the middle of the country and on the East Coast won’t do anything to help with the ongoing California wildfires.

“In contrast to the central and eastern U.S. record cold, much above average temperatures are expected across the West into the Great Basin and Rockies,” according to The NWS. “The warm temperatures, low relative humidities and dry conditions will continue to elevate the threat of fire weather for portions of Southern California into the Southwest over the next two days.”

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