Forecasters and health officials have issued warnings about potential frostbite and hypothermia for those caught in the country’s nationwide winter chill, according to the Associated Press.
Temperatures across the Northeast and Midwest dipped as low as minus 32 on Thursday.
And there doesn’t seem to be any sign of a warmup, since the temperatures will linger throughout the rest of the weekend.
Temperature anomalies on Saturday could be as much as 30 to 35 degrees below normal,” the National Weather Center said.
Montana is expected to see a significant snowstorm as well to join its “dangerously cold temperatures,” the AP reported.
“People like to think of themselves as being prepared for the weather and things like that,” forecaster Dan Borsum, in Billings, Montana, said, “but this one will get your attention.”
The freezing temperatures even got President Donald Trump talking in a politically charged tweet.
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
So what gives? According to Mashable, a northward shift in the jet stream around Alaska forced freezing air to push cold air in the Hudson Bay toward the south. The jet stream often controls how the different regions experience cold and warm weather.
Should Utah expect any biting cold weather? Probably not. A recently released map from the Climate Change Institute shows much of the cold weather hovering about the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.
Utah and much of the West and southwestern United States remain relatively warm.
A reinforcing blast of cold air moves in this week -- setting the stage for a frigid New Year's Eve across much of the country, the National Weather Service reports.— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 28, 2017
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In fact, KSL forecasted sunny and relatively warm temperatures for the weekend. Highs will push closer to the upper 40s on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will cool to the upper 30s and lower 40s on Sunday.
If you’re sad about missing out on the cold, remember this point from Vox:
“It’s also worth remembering that winter cold is dangerous. At zero Fahrenheit, and 15 mph winds, frostbite can set in on exposed skin in 30 minutes. And winter cold kills more Americans every year than summer heat.”