Arctic air to send temperatures spiraling down for the rest of this week

Some nasty weather is on the way for the rest of this week. A huge Arctic blast of air will engulf much of the country and put us in a deep freeze that’ll stick around at least into next week. The storm system that is dragging down this frigid air is pulling away from Western Wisconsin this evening. For the area, temperatures will quickly drop overnight and we’ll be in the 10s by morning.

Check out this map below of the temperatures on Wednesday at 5 PM. You can clearly see where the cold front is in the country. It’s easily seen with that very sharp gradient of temperatures in the center of the country. East of the Mississippi, temperatures are in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Behind the front, temperatures in the Rockies are sub-zero.

Check out when we zoom down to Texas and Oklahoma this afternoon. In the southeast corner of Oklahoma, temperatures are warm in the 70s. Meanwhile, at the other end of the state on the western tip of the panhandle, the temperatures have plunged into the 10s. Winter is coming America!

Temperatures will continue to get colder through the rest of the work week. By Saturday morning temperatures will likely start out in the double digits below zero. Here’s a look at temperatures around noon on Saturday from one forecast model.

It’s kind of sad to think that last year in early December; our highs were very mild in the 30s and 40s. Temperatures actually topped out at 60 in Eau Claire back on December 3rd of last year. I’m afraid we’re looking at quite a cold December this year. Get ready!

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