Arctic blast across U.S. will make the ‘polar vortex’ winter look tame




Frigid air is blasting southeastward from the Arctic, destined to turn all of the U.S. east of the Rockies — with the potential exception of South Florida — an icebox for the next week or more. This cold snap will be longer in duration and more severe than what the country experienced in January of 2014, when the term “polar vortex” caught fire on social media

Like the 2014 event, this one has its origins in the far north, with a filament of the polar vortex breaking off and slipping south, like a prisoner breaking out of jail. Such events are relatively common, but this one will bring some of the coldest temperatures in decades to parts of the country Read more…

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