Record-Breaking Cold Weather Forecast For Much of the U.S. This Week

It's that time of year to break out the warm winter clothing as temperatures across much of the U.S. will plummet this week into record-breaking territory.

Kwan-Yin Kong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center, said much of the central and eastern U.S. as well as residents in the Gulf Coast region could see record low temperatures this week as an Arctic blast of cold air settles over over the Great Plains and Midwest on Monday. The cold front is forecast to move east later this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Arctic air will continue south and east bringing areas of snow, freezing rain, gusty winds, and very cold temperatures. Heavy freezing rain is possible in the Northeast on Monday," the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, residents in Montana are already dealing with more than a foot of snow, with some areas in the region expecting up to two feet. In Chicago, a Winter Weather Advisory forecasts up to six inches of snow for the region as temperatures will peak in the low 30s on Monday, before dropping to 12 degrees overnight.

On Tuesday, the cold is expected to bring record lows across the South and Midwest, with parts of Texas dropping all the way down to 16 degrees, with many cities in the state expected to tie or break cold records. The high for Dallas on Tuesday is expected to be 44 degrees - 24 degrees below average, with the low forecast to be 22 degrees, one degree shy of the record.

The National Weather Service says more than 100 record lows could be recorded across the South and Midwest by Wednesday. Some places on the East Coast could see temperatures more than 30 degrees below average when the Arctic blast reaches them.

Freeze warnings and watches have been issued for much of the country and as far south as Florida.

Meanwhile, residents on the West Coast will have a much warmer forecast to look forward to, however ,that comes with another few days of elevated fire danger for the region as warm temperatures and breezy conditions return.

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