Arctic Weather Set to Hammer Most of US in Coming Days

December 7, 2016 Updated: December 7, 2016

A torrent of arctic air will spread through the United States in the coming days.

The frigid air from the Arctic will hit the contiguous 48 states starting on Wednesday, heading from the western United States to the east coast. The eastern portion of the United States will be inundated by cold on Friday, according to Accuweather’s forecast, describing it as the “coldest air of the season.”

The coldest says will be between 10-20 degrees lower than usual “from the Northwest to the Gulf and East coasts,” Accuweather said.

The National Weather Service has a more dire prediction. The Northern High Plains in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, and in other places will see a drop in temperature up to 35 degrees colder than normal.

Afternoon high temperature in cities like in Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis will hit the 20s by mid-week, AccuWeather said.

As of Friday and Saturday, the high temperatures in the East Coast and Southeast regions will be in the 30s and 40s.

It said Dallas could experience its coldest day since winter 2015 by the end of the week.

The Upper Mississippi Valley and across the Appalachians could also experience significant snowfall.

“Afternoon high temperatures in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis will be no better than freezing late in the week, while some places in the Dakotas may have a day or two where the temperature does not even get above zero,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson elaborated.