States Brace for Season’s First Significant Winter Storm

Snow-covered horses graze a pasture near Cremona, Alberta, Canada., Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, during the first heavy snow fall of the season. (Photo: Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press, via AP)
Snow-covered horses graze a pasture near Cremona, Alberta, Canada., Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, during the first heavy snow fall of the season.
(Photo: Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press, via AP)

A monstrous storm system that ripped across parts of Alaska with hurricane-force winds was driving bitter cold temperatures and snow toward the contiguous 48 states Sunday — and bringing back not-so-fond memories of last winter’s iconic polar vortex.

The remnants of Typhoon Nuri were in part to blame for the frigid air sweeping into Montana and the Dakotas. The wintry temperatures were forecast to roll south and east in the next few days, bringing a big chill to more than 200 million people.

Polar vortex deux?

“It’s a similar pattern,” said Dan Pydynowski, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. “The jet stream buckles and releases Arctic air from its circulation over the North Pole. Here comes that cold air.”

Pydynowski said Minneapolis should brace for a foot of snow Monday. Parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan could all see 6 inches or more of snow in the next couple of days, he added.

“It’s time to make sure that snowblower is ready to go or the snow shovels are dug out of storage deep in your garage,” said Jon Erdman, meteorologist for the Weather Channel.

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SOURCE: USA Today
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