Polar Vortex Returns: Arctic Chill Follows Rain, Snow

Gwen Vasquez
January 29, 2019

"Dangerously cold and potentially record breaking temperatures and wind chills are expected by Tuesday and Wednesday", National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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. That system will bring both rain and snow across the area as we're prone to see snow change to rain, then end as snow.

The service reported that 6 inches of snow accumulated in Algonquin and 4.5 inches accumulated in the Bull Valley area overnight.

Forecasters say arctic cold will follow the snow.

"I can not stress how dangerously cold it will be", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll said.

The steadier, heavier precipitation arrives Tuesday night, mainly after 7pm from west to east. According to meteorologists with USA Today, one day after the record cold hits the midwest, it'll bear down on Washington, D.C., and even the "Deep South", though temperatures down the Eastern seaboard aren't expected to fall below zero. However, it will be enough to create unsafe roads and icy or snow-covered conditions.

"Plows are out across the state".

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Heavy snow has led to the closure of Michigan's state government, including the Capitol building and legislative offices, as a snowstorm moves across the region ahead of frigidly cold weather.

Mike Johnson snow blows his driveway Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Rochester, Minn.

In Indiana, a Wind Chill Watch goes into effect Tuesday night and lasts through Thursday.

In Wisconsin, plow drivers were having a hard time keeping up with the snow in Sheboygan. Milwaukee County courts and nonessential county services will be closed Monday. Sunshine is also expected to be around from Wednesday through Friday.

The jet stream will retreat northward toward the Canadian border this weekend, allowing milder temperatures to return to areas dealing with the bitter cold this week.

Between Tuesday and Thursday, temperatures will plunge to 20-40 degrees below zero in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Hennen said.

The US Midwest dug out on Monday (Jan 28) from a snowstorm that closed schools and businesses, as millions braced for unsafe sub-zero temperatures that could shatter records. "This will be unsafe and potentially deadly for these regions, and people need to stay inside".

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