Cold Weather Continues


Brr! It’s another cold day across the eastern half of the U.S., with some waking up to record lows this morning. Check out some of the coldest lows this morning in the lower 48 across northern Minnesota, dipping all the way to -42 in Cotton, MN!


Check out these expected highs today – another cold day all the way to the Gulf Coast. Might make you wish that you were out west where temperature are above average!


Some of the highs across the eastern half of the U.S. will be a good 30-40 degrees below average for this time of year, as places as far south as Kentucky only reach the single digits above zero for highs.

NWS forecast lows tonight across the eastern half of the United States. Circled numbers = potential records. Graphic: WeatherBell

Another night of record lows are possible from the U.P. of Michigan all the way town to Key West, FL! Some could shatter their record by a good 10 degrees, and may be close to all-time coldest February lows.

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Check out some of these record lows across Florida for tomorrow morning. There is concern for the citrus crop whether or not it will survive some of these bitterly cold temperatures expected.


The coldest air shifts east on Friday, with moderating temperatures from Minnesota to Kentucky. 30s for highs, however, are still possible as far south as Huntsville and Atlanta.


This lobe of cold air continues to slowly work out of the U.S. as we head into the weekend, but another one starts moving south over the central portion of the country as we head into this weekend – meaning the warm up some will see tomorrow will not last!


This cold air is helping ice coverage increase on the Great Lakes – up to 85.4% yesterday! I would not be surprised with continued cold weather expected through the end of the month if we don’t approach record territory by the time we finally start warming up.


Meanwhile, we are tracking two storms this weekend – one that will bring another bought of rain, freezing rain and snow from Texas into the Northeast – and other that could bring a foot of snow to parts of Colorado including Denver. We are closely watching the freezing line on the first storm, as there is the potential a chunk of the precipitation could be in the form of rain or freezing rain in Boston, only adding to the misery and flooding potential.

Track the weekend storms as well as current watches and warnings on our Interactive Map!

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