Record-breaking Arctic blast expected to sweep across country next week

Get ready for the big chill.

Record-breaking, teeth-rattling temperatures are on tap for next week as an Arctic blast sweeps across much of the country, according to forecasts.

“The National Weather Service is forecasting 170 potential daily record cold high temperatures Monday to Wednesday,” Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said in a tweet. “A little taste of January in November.”

For much of the country east of the Rockies, the cold wave could mean temperatures of up to 30 degrees below average, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

“We are in a pattern where multiple waves of cold are moving in from Canada and impacting the Central and Eastern US,” he said.

“One wave of cold came in late last week, another is moving in today and tomorrow, and the coldest blast by far moves in early next week.”

The cold front will plunge rapidly through the northern Plains and upper Midwest on Sunday, into the southern Plains and Ohio Valley on Monday and then through most of the East Coast by Tuesday, according to the Weather Channel.

Meanwhile, a storm system that moved through the Northeast late Thursday brought the first taste of winter to parts of the region.

“As of early Friday morning, snowfall reports between 1 and 3 inches were common from northwestern Pennsylvania into southern New England,” AccuWeather meteorologist Maura Kelly said.

“The main story on Friday will be the bitter cold extending from the southern Plains to the East,” she added.

“Then late this weekend the next storm system will begin to take shape across the Plains, which will bring the next round of snow and ice to the Plains and into the Northeast into the beginning of next week.”

By Wednesday, the high temperature is expected to be 36 degrees, but it will feel much colder with the wind-chill factor. The low is forecast to be 28 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

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