From this Monday and at least until Wednesday the thermometers will collapse in a wide strip of the United States, where there can be hundreds of record records, according to the forecasts of the National Meteorological Service (NWS).
The cold and winter weather will cross a wide strip of the nation from New Mexico to New Jersey. The NWS anticipates that more than 200 historical lows could be tied or exceeded in these first days of the week.
"It is predicted that 148 record daily lows will be broken, tied or close to 1 grade between Tuesday and Thursday of this week," the National Weather Service's Center for Meteorological Prediction said in a tweet on Sunday.RELATED
In Michigan, for example, more than one foot of snow could accumulate.
Arctic air will continue south and east bringing areas of snow, freezing rain, wind gusts and very low temperatures. On Monday, there may be heavy freezing rains in the northeast, the NWS says.
In parts of Texas temperatures could drop to 16 degrees Fahrenheit. Cities in Texas and Louisiana are forecast to reach 40ºF by mid-week, breaking long-standing records.
"Monday will be worse in the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin and the Dakotas," said Dan Pydynowski, principal meteorologist at AccuWeather, quoted in USA Today.
On Tuesday, the record cold moves to the northeast, the Ohio Valley and parts of the south. In Dallas it is forecast for 44ºF, 24 degrees below the average for the date.
For Wednesday, the coldest temperatures go east. Boston to Washington, D.C., will challenge the historical lows of the date.
Apart from the icy front, a winter storm is coming that will cross the southern plains, and will carry icy rains and very cold air.
"Temperatures will fall rapidly from this afternoon, while light snow is possible on Monday morning," the Kansas City weather service said on Twitter on Sunday. "Beyond that, very cold."