Potentially Record Cold Temperatures Coming to US Next Week: Forecasters

December 1, 2016 Updated: December 1, 2016

Potentially record cold will inundate most of the United States in the coming week—following a relatively warm November, according to forecasters.

“This is definitely a huge cold air outbreak for the western U.S.,” Jason Furtado, an atmospheric scientist with the University of Oklahoma, told Mashable on Tuesday. “We’re talking temperatures 12 to 15 degrees Celsius below average for a few days in the West.”

“This is going to be a real shock to the system.”

Currently, Alaska is experiencing frigid temperatures, and some of that weather system might be sent into the western U.S. The temperature is minus-31 degrees Fahrenheit in Fairbanks, representing the coldest day in the city in nearly two years, the Washington Post reported. Other Alaska towns—like Bettles—saw even lower temperatures.

Between the start of 2016 and October of this year, Alaska was having its warmest year on record.

Six- to 10-day temperature outlook for North America. (National Weather Service)


Forecasters say the cold will start in the western U.S., but it will eventually move east progressively.

“It’s gonna be a whiplash for sure,” Furtado told Mashable, referring to the plunge in temperatures.