Friday A Heat Wave Compared To What's Coming

By: The Weather Authority, The Associated Press Email
By: The Weather Authority, The Associated Press Email

A slight break Friday as the temperature is expected to climb into the upper 20s and low 30s in the metro, but another arctic outbreak is set to arrive bringing the coldest air in years.

Temperatures will plummet Sunday night to near -10 degrees in Omaha. Wind chill readings will hover near -30 by Monday morning. Highs will only reach the lower single digits as some locations in western Iowa won't climb above zero. Frostbite can occur in less than 30 minutes in conditions like this, so dress the kids accordingly as they head back to school for the first time in the new year.

The National Weather Service warns temperatures will plunge to 20-30-below-zero and wind chill readings could reach -60 across parts of eastern Iowa Monday morning, the coldest air since February 1996.

The governor of Minnesota Friday ordered all schools closed on Monday.

The eastern U.S. is currently dealing with a blustery winter storm that has dropped nearly two feet of snow and led to at least 11 deaths. Slick roads caused traffic deaths in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. A massive pile of salt fell on a worker at a suburban Philadelphia storage facility, killing him. A woman with Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

The snowstorm worked its way east from the Midwest and merged with low pressure off the mid-Atlantic coast forming a "nor'easter." It temporarily shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania and forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights.

Governors in New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency and urged residents to stay home. Schools and offices across the region were closed.

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