But the kind of cold expected this week will be by far the coldest air of the season, and will even reach some major cities in the Northeast and New England.

Both New York City and Boston will be cold this week, flirting with “similar” temperatures around zero or below.

As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, lowering the temperature of the skin and eventually the internal temperature of the body. Therefore, the wind makes him “feel” much colder.

For example, in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains, where temperatures fell to dangerously cold levels, in some areas morning air temperatures were 5 to 15 degrees below zero, but with the wind chill it looked like 35 to 45 degrees below zero.

If you’re a weather geek, you’ll appreciate this tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS), which shows what happens on the radar when the ground temperature gets as cold as cloud tops.

Temperatures in Minnesota were as cold as 31 degrees below zero Monday morning.

More than 185 million people, more than half of America’s population, were below freezing Monday morning, nearly 10 million of them below zero, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

An intense cold front with a freezing blast of arctic air is responsible for the extreme cold.

“Although wind chill values ​​are dangerously cold in the upper Midwest, this [Monday] Morning, it is worth noting the scarcity of temperatures forecast for New York and Boston, “CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.” With a maximum forecast of just 20 degrees F on Tuesday, Central Park will drop 20 degrees below its norm 40 F climatological for this time of year. “

In fact, wind chill warnings and advisories covered 12 states as of Monday, from Montana to Maine.

Across the peaks of Vermont, New Hampshire, ‘it feels like’ temperatures could drop to a low of minus 60.

“Such cold temperatures can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as ten minutes,” warned the Weather Prediction Center (WPC).

New York City won’t be that cold, but still extreme, with “similar” temperatures dropping below zero Tuesday morning, a rare occurrence for the Big Apple.

“With temperatures below freezing for 72 hours and 10 to 20 degrees below normal for 48 hours, poorly insulated water pipes are at risk of freezing and related structural flood problems,” warned the NWS in New York.

Boston will also be in arctic air mass, with freezing cold arriving this evening as temperatures drop to single digits.

“The wind chill values ​​will be even colder given the gusty winds,” says the NWS Boston. “A wind chill advisory remains in effect, beginning early Tuesday morning for wind chill values ​​below -15 F.”

The maximum forecast for Tuesday is only 12 degrees, which has only happened nine times since 1986, according to Javaheri.

Boston public schools are closed Tuesday due to freezing temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

As meteorologists we always hear, “Oh, so where’s your global warming now?” ”

Honestly, this is becoming less and less common as more people are educated about climate change, but there is always someone who will troll us on social media and talk about it.

So before the tweets start, here’s your answer.

“Even in a warming climate, there will always be extreme cold, or periods of intense and sometimes even record cold,” CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. “Look no further than last year, when a massive outbreak of cold air in the central and southern United States caused power outages for millions of people and resulted in the most severe winter storm. costly in the history of the United States. “

While the cold snap will be significant, it will be short-lived and limited to one or two regions of the country.

“Compare that to last month, which saw several weeks of record heat over more than half of the country, which helped spawn unprecedented extreme and deadly weather in December,” Miller said.

He also adds: “But there are fewer and fewer cold extremes, especially compared to hot extremes, which have exceeded them by two or three to one over the past decade.”

The cold and the wind bring an impressive lake effect snow

Freezing cold and strong winds trigger some pretty incredible lake effect snow bands.

The NWS office in Binghamton has issued a lacing snow warning for a total of 10 to 20 inches of snowfall. Winds blow there up to 40 mph, resulting in wind chill values ​​as low as 30 degrees below zero.

The snow bands travel to northeastern Connecticut, over 200 miles.

The Great Lakes are currently only about seven percent frozen, keeping the lake effect snow machine running.

Usually, lakes reach their peak freeze percentages in late February or early March. Lake effect snow will generally slow down in February.

Washington state still faces more rain and snow

A car crosses water on the road after another storm hit the Pacific Northwest.

Washington state has been the target of one extreme weather event after another over the past few weeks.

A series of atmospheric rivers have left the state buried under historic amounts of snow and unprecedented flooding.

Snow closed several mountain passes until at least Tuesday, and flooding temporarily closed parts of I-5 in both directions, and even forced an entire town to be evacuated.

The Skokomish River, which rose rapidly and forced residents of the Skokomish Valley to evacuate, could rise again by mid-week, with the next wave of rain.

“The atmospheric river enters western Washington this evening and stagnates in the region until Wednesday,” the NWS office in Seattle said.

Precipitation totals for tonight through Wednesday in the Olympic Mountains will be in the range of five to ten inches and the North Cascades could receive three to five inches of rain.

“Excessive runoff can lead to flooding of rivers, streams, streams and other low and flood-prone areas,” the Seattle NWS added.

According to the Washington Department of Transportation, “There is an ongoing avalanche hazard on rare paths and multiple slides 30-35 feet high on the causeway (along US 2 east of Seattle) . Stevens Pass is unlikely to reopen until Wednesday, January 1. 12th. “

Washington digs after extreme weather caused 38 avalanches

Weather disasters cost the United States $ 145 billion last year as the price of the climate crisis skyrockets

The United States experienced 20 disasters in 2021, costing at least $ 1 billion each.

That’s two billion dollars less disasters than 2020, the record year, but data shows the disasters of 2021 were deadlier and more costly.

The total cost of disasters was $ 145 billion, $ 43 billion more than last year. From 2011 to 2021, such disasters cost US $ 1 trillion.

Why are we seeing more extreme weather events?

From drought and heat, to floods and fires, our world is experiencing an unprecedented number of weather disasters.

Watch to find out why we are seeing more extreme weather conditions than ever before.

Watch the incredible moment skiers find a dog buried in an avalanche

Watch heroic moments as three skiers rescue a dog buried in an avalanche for 20 minutes.

One of the skiers decided he had to come down the mountain lest another avalanche could happen, and at that point the dog was found.

Haley Brink, Rachel Ramirez, John Keefe and Priya Krishnakumar contributed to this weather column