For millions of Americans looking for some relief from the bitter cold temperatures that have prevailed this month, the news is not so good. The National Weather Service says that the arctic cold temperatures will remain in place for much of this week with the potential for breaking more record lows Tuesday morning in many places. Wind chill advisories are in place for many areas as highs will be anywhere from 10 to 35 degrees below average from the Midwest all the way to the Gulf Coast.
Highs are expected to reach only into the teens and single digits across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes this week, making winter-wearing residents there very unhappy. Single digits will also prevail from the Central Plains into the Ohio Valley and Interior Northeast where highs will range from 10 to 30 degrees below average for most locations east of the Rockies.
As people in the Plains and Midwest will continue trying to stay warm, those living in the South will be dealing with freezing rain, sleet and snow. Snow is expected in parts of North Texas through early Tuesday morning where freezing rain prompted the cancellation of over 1,000 flights in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
A big snowstorm that is moving across Oklahoma made roads very slippery Monday while snow, sleet and freezing rain has put the Carolinas, parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi under winter weather advisories. In Tennessee, where people were trying to recover from last week’s ice storm, snow is in the forecast for the eastern portion of the state. Schools in many Tennessee counties remained closed Monday while thousands of people were still without power.
Wind chill advisories are in place across the northern Plains, the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes as frigid temperatures will prevail most of this week. Many schools in Michigan were delayed Monday morning due to the frigid cold air that makes being outside dangerous. People living in the Plains, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes are being reminded to bundle up extra well before heading outdoors and to remember to bring pets inside as the temperatures are dangerously low.