Published on : Monday, January 6, 2014
Temperatures are likely to dip due to the “polar vortex” setting records across the midwest, north-east and south, creating dangerous travel conditions which would lead to dangerous travel conditions and also completely disrupt normal life by forcing to close down schools.
More than half of the continental US will be affected due to the “polar vortex” which has started from 04.01.11 onwards with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.
The votex is an anticlockwise rotating pool of cold, dense and is behind the startling forecast: -25F (-31C) in Fargo, North Dakota, -31F (-35C) in International Falls, Minnesota, and -15F (-26C) in Indianapolis and Chicago.
The bitterly cold temperatures pushed into northern states on Sunday morning. The National Weather Service reported a temperature of -9F (-23C) in Bismarck, North Dakota, and-21F (-29.5C) at Duluth, Minnesota. At the height of the cold, wind chills may reach 50, 60 or even 70 below zero in fahrenheit (-45.5, 51 or even 56.7C).
The polar air is expected to continue through much of Michigan to Kentucky, 1ft in eastern Missouri and parts of central Illinois, several inches in western Tennessee and 1-3in in Kentucky.
New York City is facing travel problems. A plane from Toronto landed at JFK International Airport slid into the snow on a taxiway. The airport was compelled to stop all flight6 operation of both international and domestic due to icy runways.
The major roadways were snow covered in Missouri, The Department of Transportation has said that if the danger point goes to the limit where it is no longer safer then all operations will have to be suspended.
In the last two decades many parts of the US have not been so cold. Medical experts are continuously reminding people that frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly at -15 to -30F (-26 to -34.4C),so people must be dressed adequately for to meet the temperature as improper clothing could lead to a person’s death in the circumstances..
Those living in the Southern side think that there could be a possible record drop in the temperature. Meteorologists in central and north Georgia say temperatures could drop into the single digits fahrenheit (-17 to -13C) accompanied by wind chills as low as -15F (-26C). Schools have been closed in Minnesota.