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Arctic Cold Blast Forecast to Stretch Coast to Coast in US

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 12:07 PM

An arctic cold blast is expected to stretch coast to coast in the U.S. during the first week of the New Year, say weather forecasters who first warned last week about the onrushing coldest snap in 35 years

The blast frigid air will spread from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast throughout this week, according to AccuWeather.

Chilly temperatures in the Southwest in the early part of the week are expected to  moderate by week's end.

Not so in the Northwest, where temperatures are expected to remain frigid.

“The main thrust of the cold air will extend from the northern Rockies to the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

By the middle of the week temperatures are expected to be as low as 20 degrees below-zero, and could reach as low as minus 40 in parts of the northern Plains and Rockies, said AccuWeather.

“Even though the cold air will moderate by the time it gets to the Southern and Eastern states, it will still pack a punch,” Duffey said.

As the cold blast moves into the Northeast on Thursday and Friday, some snow showers are expected, said The Weather Network.

The arctic blast follows a polar vortex in December which brought record-low temperatures and dangerous conditions to parts of the country, said CBS News.

The polar vortex, “a large area of low pressure and cold air that surrounds both of the Earth’s poles,” brought extreme cold temperatures to the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

The vortex increased risks of frostbite and hypothermia as it brought temperatures in Bismark, North Dakota, and Minneapolis to 20 degrees below zero.

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