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Piercing cold will send temperatures tumbling to dangerous levels for some across the central and eastern United States this week. The impending cold shot threatens to be the most far-reaching and bone-chilling blast so far this season.
“After the first true cold shot of the year this past week, much of the northern Plains can expect a more formidable shot of arctic air again this upcoming week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido said.
The cold will be severe enough to bring the risk of frostbite or hypothermia to those spending time outdoors without proper clothing.
“Temperatures this low are 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below average,” Vido said.
The core of the cold will grip the North Central states on Tuesday and Wednesday, before punching across the Northeast, including the Interstate 95 corridor on Thursday.
"In the Midwest and Northeast, some areas could experience their lowest December temperatures of this century," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
With -40C temperatures last week the province of Alberta eclipsed its all time electrical usage record by almost 2%, while at the same time -20F below normal temperatures spread across the USA. Interestingly even cold temperatures are coming next week that will drop temperatures to 50F below normal temperatures, which again will break thousands of cold weather records.