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Polar Vortex U.S. Jan 2019 - High Risk Frostbite to People and Animals

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Carver:
We have a predicted high of -10 for next week here in Wisconsin.

iam4liberty:
Here it comes.  If you are in zone please make sure you have blankets on hand.  Many heating systems will struggle to keep up with this.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/us/polar-vortex-cold-weather.html
Polar Vortex to Grip Midwest With Most Extreme Cold in a Generation

Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin declared an emergency and told the National Guard to be ready to help. The University of Notre Dame announced it was closing its northern Indiana campus from Tuesday evening until Thursday afternoon. And in Chicago, city leaders deployed buses as mobile warming centers and offered tips on how to thaw frozen pipes (hair dryers work well, they said, but don’t use an open flame).

“This is right up there with the best of the cold waves, and we’ve had some doozies over the years,” said Tom Skilling, the chief meteorologist at WGN-TV in Chicago, where he has worked for 40 years. Mr. Skilling predicted 72 hours of subzero wind chills and 48 hours of subzero temperatures so low that “we’re going to hear buildings and outdoor objects creaking.”

Forecasters expect Wednesday’s high temperature (yes, the high) to be minus 14 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago and Minneapolis. If the forecast holds, that would be Chicago’s lowest high temperature for a single day since officials began keeping records.

Redman:
Forecast low here in Houston, TX 36/39 tonight upward from there. Forecast high temps ranging up to 75 next Tuesday.  :o

Ducking and running.

Alan Georges:
The forecast here on the Gulf is 29 tonight.  That's pretty cold by our standards, but about par for a couple of times each winter.  Doesn't look like the brunt of the storm system is reaching this far south.

Redman:
Yeah that's pretty cold for your area. I'm not actually in Houston but about 25 miles inland from Galveston Island. Wonder why your forecast is for cooler weather than ours. Larger population and more autos and concrete here?

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