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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Extreme cold to grip eastern U.S. next week

By Jason Samenow

Possibility of sub-zero wind chills Tues. night

Progression of upcoming cold snap. Source: AccuWeather

If you thought the cold early this week was bad, just wait until next week.

We've been talking about it in our forecasts for days, but let me provide some specifics...

* The brutal cold will first arrive in the upper Midwest Saturday. The front ushering in the cold blast and its associated low pressure center is forecast to produce a blizzard in Minneapolis with one to two feet of snow possible Saturday along with winds over 25 mph and plummeting temperatures. Wind chills Saturday night may drop as low 30 below zero. By Sunday, the high in the Twin Cities may not rise above zero.

* By Monday into Tuesday, the core of the cold will reach the Great Lakes and Ohio valley. Chicago's high on Monday is forecast to be near 15 with wind chills Monday night 10 degrees below zero. Detroit will face similar conditions.

* The cold will bleed toward the East Coast starting Sunday night, with the worst of it in arriving Tuesday and Tuesday night. Although the cold air will not be as potent as it had been in the Midwest, the entire I-95 corridor from D.C. northward will have sub-freezing highs and lows in the teens. The wind chills will make it feel much colder. Conservatively, it looks like sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts over 40 mph begin Monday and may not relent until late Wednesday (especially toward New England). Wind chills at night will dip near or below zero in all the big cities.

Here's a look at what the D.C. metro region may face each day:

Monday: High 29-33, wind chills in the teens

Monday night: Lows 12-20 (suburbs to city), wind chills from 5 to -5.

Tuesday: High 25-29, wind chills in the single digits and teens.

Tuesday night: Lows 10-18 (suburbs to city), wind chills -10 to 0.

Wednesday: High 27-31, wind chills in the teens.

See this website from FEMA for tips on preparing for extreme cold...

By Jason Samenow  | December 10, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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It is a crime against nature to have that much cold air and no snow to show for it. Any hope for something on the other side of the blast?

Posted by: MaltyCharacter | December 10, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Hope this isnt a cold weather graphic from PreciseWeather, home of Joey Fearless!?!

Im just kidding.

But seriously, is this going to be the trend this year?... Cold and dry and then warmer and stormy?

BTW, weather blogs are already speculating about NEXT weekends potential snow storm :/

Posted by: KRUZ | December 10, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

CAN'T WAIT!!! Love this weather :)

Posted by: sigmagrrl | December 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Dreadful. Awful. Not good.
High heating bills, bitter cold winds, and no snow prospects at all. Thanks for nothing Canada.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | December 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Be sure to bring in not only the dogs and cats, but the brass monkey as well.

Posted by: slim21 | December 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse


We criticize AccuWeather sometimes, but we use, link to and promote their stuff too. They produce excellent weather info and products - including our print weather page :)

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@ KRUZ - which blogs are you reading? I'm curious and hopeful that they are right! Not liking the cold/dry - warm/wet trend at all!

Posted by: kathyb39 | December 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Malty: my hometown is Minneapolis. Want what they're getting instead?

Posted by: ajfroggie | December 10, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I called this last week, when I told someone (With regard to the brutal Wind Chills): "At this rate, it won't be long before we finally begin seeing sub-zero temperatures". This is crazy, because the last December I can remember with temperatures this cold, was quite some time ago. I wonder if the current pattern will maintain itself through January, as well?

Posted by: TheAnalyst | December 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh why, oh why did I leave that big red parka in Antarctica last winter? ;)

Enjoy every minute of the 40s this weekend, everyone! And stay tuned to CWG as the temps drop again.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | December 10, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: KRUZ | December 10, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody know what has happened to the Eastern Weather Forum website? I've tried to go there but nothing comes up...I wasn't sure if it has been discontinued or the site is just down. Thanks!

Posted by: jcmcgrath1969 | December 10, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Its a long story but most of the contributors have changed to American Weather Forums.

Posted by: MKadyman | December 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The last day on the forecast above is Wednesday. What about after that? Warmup? (Please.)

Posted by: mhardy1 | December 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Gonna pull out "The Day After Tomorrow" and watch it.

Posted by: eaglechik | December 12, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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