Temperatures across much of the U.S. and Canada warmed up somewhat last week, particularly over the weekend, when sunny weather and comparatively balmy temperatures seemed to tease that spring was on the way.
Though the thaw provided a nice respite after weeks of heavy snow and below average temperatures, meteorologists are warning warm weather lovers not to get too comfortable. The so-called “polar vortex” that dominated much of January and early February is on its way back, with a vengeance.
We’ve been saying since we revealed our forecast for the season last August that this winter would be a cold and long one for the Eastern half of the United States and Canada, with predictions for heavy snow through March and even into April. Now, it seems, Accuweather agrees with us.
The media company, along with government and other meteorologists, is now warning that polar vortex will be back starting this week, blasting much of the country with frigid arctic air.
The vortex is expected to affect the Great Lakes region, the northeastern U.S., and southeastern Canada, with temperatures up to 30 degrees below normal seasonal averages.
We’ll be plunged into the icebox through much of March, though not consistently. Expect short periods of warmer weather to interrupt the deep freeze here and there, though not frequently enough mitigate the arctic air’s impact on this year’s below-normal temperature average.
Bundle up, friends! Winter is still a long way from over.