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Parts of the Midwest will be as cold as 50 degrees below zero

A new arctic outbreak — called the ‘Siberian Express’ — will hit the U.S. with some cold air

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Rockford resident Joey Bell clears snow off his car before going to buy groceries on Mulberry Street on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, after a snowstorm in Rockford, Ill. Many schools and businesses closed as the storm moved across the Midwest and officials urged drivers to stay off the roads.

Rockford resident Joey Bell clears snow off his car before going to buy groceries on Mulberry Street on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, after a snowstorm in Rockford, Ill. Many schools and businesses closed as the storm moved across the Midwest and officials urged drivers to stay off the roads.

Scott P. Yates, Rockford Register Star via Associated Press

Parts of the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains will see temperatures dip somewhere between 30 to 50 degrees below zero, NBC News reports.

  • “This is a life-threatening cold, and frostbite can set in within 10 minutes,” according to NBC News.
  • The cold air comes as an air mass from Siberia, Russia, moves its way into the United States. The air — nicknamed the “Siberian Express” — will provide an “arctic outbreak” to the country.
  • “While this arctic outbreak won’t be record-shattering with just a few spotty record lows possible, what worries meteorologists most is the duration. Some locations, like Bismarck, North Dakota, could see five days or more with wind chills 15 degrees below zero or colder,” per NBC News.

The cold temperatures in that area have a chance to create “problems with travel, potential school closings, and frostbite,” according to MPR News.

Context

Every single state in the United States will reach below freezing temperatures in the coming week, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. That even includes Hawaii. In fact, CNN reports that 86% of the country will see below-freezing temperatures.

According to CNN, a polar vortex will hit the United States, which seems to be the same arctic air from Siberia. As I wrote about for the Deseret News, a “polar vortex” is a term that refers to when cold air floods down from the North Pole and descends upon the United States.