Updated 03:49 PM EST, Fri, Dec 04, 2020

Alaska Storm Polar Vortex 2014: Arctic Cold Weather Expected in 42 US States

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A December-like weather will start creeping in Monday, courtesy of a polar vortex brought about by massive Alaska storm, Typhoon Nuri.

"The storm peaked Friday with sustained winds of 70 mph and gusts up to 96 mph on Alaska's Shemya Island," reported Fox News. Typhoon Nuri has weakened, but will "send a surge of arctic air from the northern high Plains into the central Plains," the outlet quoted Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the College Park, Maryland, weather service office.

According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, "The polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region.

"Occasionally, this pocket of very cold air can get dislodged farther south than normal, leading to cold outbreaks in Canada and the U.S.," Sosnowski added in the report.

The National Weather Service predicts that "temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below average over parts of the Northern Plains."

"The arctic blast will drop into the northern Rockies on Monday, accompanied by a snowstorm on its leading edge, then will spread across the Northwest and Plains through Wednesday," said AccuWeather.com.

Only the Southwest, Hawaii, Alaska and South Florida will be exempted from the plummeting temperatures this week, AccuWeather.com noted.

In the northern Rockies and northern High Plains, weather is expected to be coldest on Tuesday and Wednesday, the report added. The National Weather Service said that significant snowfall is also expected in the area though it will move east and ease up Monday morning.

"The snow will move into the Upper Great Lakes Monday evening and continue to into Tuesday morning, becoming heavy at times," the National Weather Service predicts.

The National Weather Service added:

"Snow accumulations near a foot are expected over parts of southern Minnesota to northern Wisconsin, increasing to 18-24 inches in the upper peninsula of Michigan near Lake Superior.  High winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow and sharply reduced visibility."

Sosnowski said that hypothermia and frostbite are possible for those who are not dressed properly. With that, the meteorologist urges people to "winterize their vehicles and plumbing," stated AccuWeather.com.

Fox News reported that people seem to be more prepared this year.

"After last year's hard winter, people don't seem to be messing around this year," David Lansing, assistant manager at Frattallone's Ace Hardware in Burnsville, Minnesota, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as quoted by Fox News.

For the latest updates on weather conditions, stay tuned to the National Weather Service's Twitter account.

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