Accuweather is calling for even more brutally cold temperatures through the Midwest in the next few days. The northernmost areas will have sub-zero temperatures through the day while the midsection will see "balmy" single digits. And it is going to be a very, very cold day for football on Sunday:
The Midwest Regional News story reports two shots of frigid Arctic air by Saturday will spread out of the northern Plains into the Midwest before reaching the East Coast and the Deep South Sunday.
The combination of cold air and frigid winds will produce potentially dangerous conditions for anyone venturing outdoors for extended periods.
Motorists traveling across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest should prepare a winter emergency kit for their vehicle.
The Severe Weather Center lists the widespread wind chill advisories and warnings in effect from the Dakotas to northern Indiana.
International Falls, Minn., this weekend will live up to its nickname "The Icebox of America." Temperatures through Monday will fail to rise to zero, and overnight lows will be at least 20 degrees below zero with the wind creating RealFeel® temperatures of 40 degrees below zero.
RealFeel® temperatures overnight across the northern and central Plains include:
Flag Island, Minn.: -48°
Warroad, Minn.: -44°
Bemidji, Minn.: -43°
Devils Lake, N.D.: -41°
Spencer, Iowa: -33°
It will be bitterly cold Sunday for both National Football League Conference Championship games. The RealFeel® temperature will be hovering around zero when the New England Patriots take on the San Diego Chargers in the early game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
In the late game at the "Frozen Tundra", better known as Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants at kickoff will deal with an actual temperature in the single digits and a RealFeel® temperature near 10 below zero.
I just stepped outside a few minutes ago. It is currently a tropical 7° F under absolutely clear skies with virtually no breeze. It's going to be a three dog plus an electric blanket plus a Salamander** night tonight. In honor of the occasion, it seems fitting to think of warmer times. Ten Degrees and Getting Colder sounds pretty good right now. (Gordon Lightfoot song at that last link.)
** UPDATE: The Salamander reference is a joke, folks. Those are not something one uses in a tightly enclosed structure like a house.