The major winter storm set to take shape over the southern Plains will bypass much of the Midwest and should do the same in New England later this week. Regardless of the storm's exact track, it is certain that arctic air will grip the Midwest and Northeast.
The core of the bitter cold today will reside over the nation's northern midsection. Temperatures will be held to the single digits and teens from northeastern Montana to Iowa and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The harsh cold will encompass more of the Midwest Thursday then the Northeast on Friday. Highs on Friday will be held to the 20s in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. Remember, these major cities started the workweek with highs in the 50s and 60s.
Harsh winds will create bitterly colder AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures. These temperatures will dangerously plummet below minus 20 degrees across the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan tonight.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski