Record Lows, Dangerous Wind Chills to Affect Much of America in First Week of New Year (Live Chill Map)

A long-lived Arctic cold outbreak will remain entrenched across the Plains, Midwest, South and East through the first week of 2018, shattering more daily records and sending wind chills to dangerously cold levels.

The latest batch of Arctic air to arrive in the Lower 48 is gripping parts of the Midwest and East for New Year’s weekend. This will be followed by another reinforcing shot of bitterly cold air during the latter half of the week ahead.

Wind chills 50 to 60 degrees below zero were recorded this weekend in North Dakota and northern Minnesota. The coldest wind chill observed as of Sunday was 58 degrees below zero in Hettinger, North Dakota, on Sunday morning.

Several daily record lows were set Sunday morning, including Huron, South Dakota (minus 27 degrees), Bangor, Maine (minus 24 degrees), Flint, Michigan (minus 11 degrees – tie), and Binghamton, New York (minus 3 degrees – tie).

Embarrass, Minnesota, saw a low temperature of 45 degrees below zero Sunday morning, the coldest it has been there in nearly four years.

Bitterly Cold Pattern Continues Through First Week of 2018

The National Weather Service has posted wind chill advisories and warnings over a widespread swath from the Plains and Midwest into the South and East.

In parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, wind chills as cold as minus 50 to 60 degrees at times could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Temperatures in the eastern half of the U.S. may be the coldest to ring in any new year in at least 70 years, according to one model forecast pointed out by Dr. Brian Brettschneider, climatologist with the Western Regional Climate Center.

Subzero low temperatures will likely engulf the northern and central Plains, upper Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, parts of New York state and New England through at least Tuesday. Teens, 20s, even 30s below zero will grip locations near the Canadian border in those regions.

The South will also continue to shiver with low 20s, teens and even a few single-digits New Year’s weekend from Oklahoma and northern Texas to the Tennessee Valley, southern Appalachians and the Carolinas.

A scattering of additional daily record-cold temperatures will also be within reach through Tuesday in the Midwest, Northeast and Appalachians.

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SOURCE: Jonathan Erdman, Chris Dolce and Brian Donegan