Arctic Cold Start to December


Wind Chill values across the nation at 10AM CST, December 7, 2013

*Blog written on Sunday, December 8, 2013*

It’s not even winter yet, but for 90-95% of the country, you would think differently if you walked outside. Record and near record breaking low & high temperatures were set across most of the nation this week, including Saturday.  Montana got the coldest temps and wind chills this week, with wind chills in the -50sF. In addition to the low temperatures, ice, sleet, and snow made things extremely difficult for the central and northeast CONUS.  The Dallas/Fort Worth area, southeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas were hardest hit Thursday and Friday. Some areas received more than half an inch of ice and more than 4″ of sleet. This has led to traffic problems, especially in the DFW and Little Rock areas.

So when will things warm up? For North Texas, temperatures should rise above freezing later this afternoon for the first time since Thursday morning. For places like Oklahoma and the rest of the Southern Plains, probably not until Tuesday afternoon. Roads will continue to be slick until then.  The rest of December looks to be warmer for most of the nation, either near normal or slightly above normal. CPC is predicting above normal temperatures the week before Christmas for the western, southwestern and southern US, while the north/northeast temps stay near or slightly below normal:

CPC's 8-14 day temperature probability between December 17 and 21.

CPC’s 8-14 day temperature probability between December 17 and 21.


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University of Oklahoma graduate with a degree in Meteorology. Follow me on Twitter: @WeatherInformer
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