Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Snow wallops US Midwest as it braces for extreme cold

Snow wallops US Midwest as it braces for extreme cold

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging motorists to stay off the roads. Minutes after a plow passed, roads were once again becoming snow covered, according to the Department of Public Works. "Only eight times since 1872 has Chicago recorded subzero highs on at least two consecutive days, the most recent being early February 1996", it said. Palatine, a suburban Chicago, saw 5.2 inches this morning as the storm created hard travel conditions or drivers and fliers.

A storm bringing snow, rain and a wintry mix will cause unsafe driving conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"On Wednesday night, AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures will be well below zero for places like Pittsburgh; Baltimore; New York City; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Burlington, Vermont; and Providence, Rhode Island", Edwards said.

Temperatures across the region are expected to be as low as -40 degrees, and Chicago could break an all-time record low of -27 degrees Celsius set back in 1985, according to Maue. On Tuesday morning through Thursday morning, parts of western and central Minnesota could experience risky windchills as low as 65 degrees below zero. Parts of northern Minnesota may see air temperatures below minus 30 and wind chills of minus 55 to minus 60. "The heaviest snow is expected in our MI counties where 6-9" of snow is possible.

Even snowplow drivers are having trouble keeping up with conditions Monday.

Wednesday: L.E. snow showers, dangerously cold. Models just now are getting a good grasp on this system and unfortunately, it means lower totals for most in snow.

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In Wisconsin, courthouses and most offices are closed in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Columbia and Washington counties.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she is in touch with National Football League officials and will work with them regarding events scheduled across the city as winter weather moves into the area. In eastern North Dakota, officials have issued travel alerts because of blowing snow.

In Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has declared a local snow emergency.

On Monday morning, the National Weather Service upgraded that advisory to a Winter Storm Warning for higher elevations in southwest North Carolina.

Another formidable bout of snowfall is heading to the Chicago area Sunday night, possibly dumping 4 to 7 inches of snow before temperatures are expected to plummet to unsafe levels the region hasn't seen in years.

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