The Charlotte region has a 40 percent chance of snow Tuesday night, mainly before 11 p.m., with a predicted low of 22 degrees and wind chills in the teens, said the National Weather Service Monday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol was responding to scores of spin outs and crashes early Monday in the Twin Cities metro area, even before the busiest commute time, because of snow-covered and icy roads. Sometimes, part of the vortex may break off and push arctic air southward.
Windchill advisories were also issued for several other areas, scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday and lasting until 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday and then again from 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday until 9 a.m. CST on Thursday. "As cold and snow slam into the North, a snowstorm will paste the Deep South on Tuesday and Wednesday".
"I can not stress how dangerously cold it will be", AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll said.
The Weather Service is calling for 6 to 12 inches of total snow accumulations. With rain changing over to snow, and temperatures near or below freezing for much of day on Tuesday, black ice will be a major problem, especially on secondary roads.
The blast arrives before fans flock to Atlanta this week for the Super Bowl game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Heavy snow and gusting winds have also created blizzard-like conditions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern IL and other Midwestern states where officials have also closed schools, courthouses and businesses.
"Plows are out across the state". This type of pattern does not lead to heavy snow.
Mike Johnson snow blows his driveway Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Rochester, Minn.
"The area with the most snow likely sets up to the northeast spots, with 3-5" expected when all is said and done.
Cold weather advisories are in effect across a broad swath of the central USA, from North Dakota to Missouri and spanning into Ohio.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, temperatures will plunge to 20-40 degrees below zero in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Hennen said. Now the coldest maximum temperature record is -30.8 C registered in 2004. "This will be risky and potentially deadly for these regions, and people need to stay inside".
By Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to take another plunge, to 23 below zero, flirting with Chicago's coldest temperature ever: minus 27 on January 20, 1985.