Extreme Arctic Cold Blast Coming and More Weather News

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Enjoy one last day of milder temperatures as an extreme arctic blast of cold air invades tomorrow sending temperatures plummeting and the plunge will continue into next week; plus more of today’s weather news and forecasts.

Extreme arctic air arriving tomorrow

There is one more day of milder weather before extreme cold invades courtesy of an arctic blast moving down from Canada, dipping temperatures by some 30 degrees on Thursday compared to Wednesday.

Temperatures will continue to fall, and by next Tuesday, they could drop 50 degrees from where they are today.

The most extreme cold will be for the north-central US affecting Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and Minnesota.

Colder air will also affect the Northwest, from Washington to Northern California, from Nevada to Colorado. In the central US, colder temperatures will invade Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Severe weather threat for the Gulf states beginning Friday

The threat of severe weather has an “enhanced risk” (3 out of 5) for several areas along the Gulf of Mexico, with the strongest threat posed for portions of eastern Texas and Western Louisiana, including Houston, and Shreveport.

Forecasters have given a “2 out of 5” threat for Dallas, New Orleans, Jackson, and Mississippi.

Heavy rain and strong storms coming

The Tennessee, Mississippi, and Ohio Valleys will remain calm the next couple of days, but all that changes on Fridays when heavy rounds of rain move in, pushed by wind gusts of 50 miles per hour.

Strong storms and thunderstorms are possible. The heaviest rain is forecast for the St. Louis area, with estimates around 3-5 inches. Slightly east, from Nashville to Louisville, 1-3 inches of rain is forecasted.

Today’s US forecast highs

West: San Francisco 55, Los Angeles 68, Denver 63.

Northwest: Seattle 43, Portland 37, Bismarck 15, Billings 49, Boise 43.

Southwest: Taos 29, Houston 69, Phoenix 68, El Paso 63.

Central: Minneapolis 12, Chicago 23, Kansas City 64, St. Louis 47, Dallas 64.

South: Houston 68, Atlanta 60, New Orleans 65, Raleigh 57, Orlando 69, Miami 75.

East: Detroit 24, Washington 44, Philadelphia 41, Boston 40, Syracuse 32, Bangor 28.