SEVERE WEATHER NEWS | ARCTIC FREEZE IN THE MIDWEST | JAN. 12-15 2009
 

TEMPERATURES DIP TO MINUS 30 to -50 from Montana to Maine

(Freezing Temps of -30 to -50) The Arctic cold wave that stunned the nation's midsection expanded into the Northeast on Wednesday 1-14-2009, with subzero temperatures and biting wind that kept even some winter sports fans at home. The wind chill hit 33 below zero during the night at Massena, N.Y., and the National Weather Service predicted actual temperatures nearly that low in parts of the region. Maine residents braced for nighttime readings down to 40 below zero. And in the Midwest, Iowans were warned that temperatures could drop as far as 27 below zero during the night, matching a Jan. 15 record set in 1972. There were readings as low as minus 57 degrees wind chill factor in North Dakota and parts of Minnesota.

Here is how the SPC Forcasted this Arctic Freeze :

AN ARCTIC HIGH WILL PUSH INTO THE DAKOTAS TONIGHT...SENDING VERY COLD AIR SOUTH INTO THE GREAT LAKES. THIS COLD AIR WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. AIR TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT ARE THE COLDEST OBSERVED OVER SOUTHERN WISCONSIN IN 13 YEARS. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT ARE EXPECTED TO DROP INTO THE LOW 20S BELOW ZERO OVER MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...AROUND 18 BELOW OVER SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...AND AROUND 13 BELOW NEAR THE LAKE. BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS BETWEEN 10 AND 20 MPH WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES OF 35 TO 40 BELOW.

See Images 1 thru 4 Below


OVER 3 DAYS OF TEMPERATURES MINUS 10 TO OVER -50 WINDCHILL
HERE IS HOW THE COLD SNAP LOOKED WITH FRONTS APPROACHING.
A PICTURE THAT SAYS A FREEZING VIEW...
A VIEW TO THE CITY IN FREEZE MODE.
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