Snow wallops US Midwest as it braces for extreme cold

Snow wallops US Midwest as it braces for extreme cold

The steadier, heavier precipitation arrives Tuesday night, mainly after 7pm from west to east.

On Sunday, temperatures dropped to negative 44 degrees Fahrenheit in Minnesota, breaking the previous record for the most frigid weather ever experienced there by 8 degrees, according to the NWS, while "dangerous, life-threatening cold air" will envelop Iowa from Tuesday through Friday. Palatine, a suburban Chicago, saw 5.2 inches this morning as the storm created hard travel conditions or drivers and fliers.

The low temperature in Minneapolis may fall to almost minus 25 Wednesday and Thursday mornings while wind chills could plummet to minus 50.

The Lehigh Valley is forecast to receive its next round of winter weather Tuesday, with anywhere between 3 and 6 inches of snow possible across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

It will start snowing in the Chicago area on Sunday night (January 27); the extreme cold marked by record low temperatures is expected to last until Friday. Chicago looks a few degrees above its record. With rain changing over to snow, and temperatures near or below freezing for much of day on Tuesday, black ice will be a major problem, especially on secondary roads. And heavier snow is expected in the Upper Midwest and Great lakes, meaning "dangerous to impossible travel conditions".

In Wisconsin, plow drivers were having a hard time keeping up with the snow in Sheboygan.

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"It is going to bring in the coldest air mass of the season so far", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Dombeck told The Post on Monday.

There will be lows of under 30F in North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and Minnesota. Expect flurries and flakes to continue through part of Tuesday but the travel conditions should improve by the middle of the day on Tuesday.

"Given that frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes in these conditions, it would be best to stay inside as much as possible", the weather service said.

Snow will begin falling in that region after midnight, with unsafe wind chills and "isolated to scattered downed trees and power lines", says the National Weather Service.

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

Winter storm watches were also posted for the Atlanta area for Tuesday were up to 2 inches of snow may fall, FOX5 reported.

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