In just one day, by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, some one-quarter of the United States’ population will be left to shiver in temperatures ranging from one to dozens of degrees Fahrenheit below zero, according to a panel of NBC’s leading meteorologists.
It seems as if the United States can’t catch a break this week, having just been ravaged all the way from North Dakota to Maine by Winter Storm Jayden, which started its spree of depositing tons of snow across about half of the contiguous United States on Sunday and is just now coming to a close over the entire stretch of New England.
The arctic blast that is soon to face most of the contiguous mainland is of a caliber that hasn’t been unleashed in decades!
Before Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, rolls around, it’s said that some nine-tenths of the surface area of the United States will have temperatures measuring in at below freezing. The 85 percent of the contiguous United States’ landmass is said to contain some 230 million United States citizens.
According to Kathryn Prociv, one of NBC’s most trusted and well-tenured meteorologists, many areas across the nation will be subject to the coldest temperatures that they’ve seen since 1994 – that’s a full 25 years ago. Another way to describe the upcoming massive block of winter weather is to say that the majority of the nation’s millennials weren’t even born in 1994, meaning this cold front is likely to be the coldest temperatures that they have ever collectively felt.
On Jan. 18, 1994, thermometers in Chicago, Illinois registered a 25-year low of negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit. According to forecasts compiled by NBC, the temperature in parts of Chicago could drop as low as 22 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, officially making the Windy City colder than the northernmost tip of Alaska.
One of the coldest areas of the United States will be Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is expected to reel in a blistering-cold temperature of minus-28 degrees. If Milwaukee experiences a temperature of minus-27 degrees or worse, it will set an all-time record, at least since humans have recorded temperatures across the city.
Parts of New York could receive a whopping two feet of snow, with the snow storm expected to extend as far south as Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana – snow for everybody, hooray!