March roars in like a lion: Millions to endure coast-to-coast snow, then 'punishing' blast of record
March is definitely coming in like a lion over the next few days.
First, a winter storm will spread snow along a 2,500-mile path from Friday through Monday, all the way from California to Maine.
The snow will start late Friday in California and the central Rockies, then move into the central Plains and Midwest on Saturday, the Weather Channel said. By Sunday, the system will strengthen and spread snow from Missouri to New York State.
Some of the storm's heaviest snow is likely to fall when it reaches the Northeast late Sunday and into Monday.
Also this weekend, a ferocious, "punishing" blast of record cold air will first invade the central U.S. Saturday into Sunday, then attack the eastern and southern U.S. early next week, the National Weather Service said.
How cold? By Sunday morning, some parts of the northern Plains will see wind chills nearing 55 degrees below zero. A few spots could see all-time record cold temperatures for March, the weather service predicted.
The weather service called the cold "dangerous". In portions of Montana, this will be the coldest temperatures of the entire winter season as actual temperatures dip to 40 below. The level of cold will also be more typical of late-January than early March.
Minneapolis could see a high temperature of only 2 degrees on Sunday.
Near-freezing temperatures will then spread as far south as Florida by early next week.
Sunday looks like a very cold day across the Central US
High temperatures will set records for futility (indicated by squares on map)
Overall temperatures will be 30° to 50°F below normal for early March. Yikes! pic.twitter.com/eqLSfbkxUa
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Doyle Rice - USA TODAY - Friday, March 1, 2019