Cold weather is taking the headlines around KELOLAND and the coldest air of the season is forecast to arrive next week.
Early in the month, we started watching signals that the polar vortex over the north pole would begin to split into different pieces of cold air into late January and head south. Well, here we are and the cold is moving south in chunks.
The air next week is advertised to be significantly colder. In fact, the raw data shows numbers that could fall into the 20s below zero in parts of KELOLAND, with an outside chance of record cold for a day or so.
In order for that to happen, Sioux Falls would need to drop to around 27 below on both the 30th and 31st. If you average both the American and European model forecasts together, 20 below zero seems quite possible, but 27 below might be a stretch.
Aberdeen would need -32 to tie the records for those two days. The data is colder there, with each model forecasting one morning at 30 below zero. That’s cold.
No matter how cold it gets, it appears wind chills will be a problem next week too.