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It's back - polar vortex looms over U.S.

Friday, December 09, 2016 - 01:05

Forecasters are making the chilly prediction that much of the northern United States could see frigid weather next week similar to the life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought in 2014. Havovi Cooper reports.

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Winter in much of the northern half to take a severe turn next week - As forecasters are predicting frigid weather similar to the life-threatening lows of 2014's polar vortex - when temperatures dropped to as much as 60 below zero, killing at least nine people in the u.S. The coldest weather expected to hit the Midwest and northeast starting Tuesday. Accuweather warning temps in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area could drop to single digits. Chicago will be relatively balmy by comparison, with expected temperatures in the teens. A polar vortex is a cold air mass that generally hovers over the poles - as its name suggests - but can shoot over the U.S. thanks to a jet stream. The big chill comes after the warmest ever October-through-November period. Current weather patterns suggest a potential follow-up blast will arrive the week before Christmas - which may be even worse than next week's dreaded deep freeze.

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It's back - polar vortex looms over U.S.

Friday, December 09, 2016 - 01:05