The Northeast faced frigid temperatures in the single digits on Monday, as snow inundated large swaths of the South, knocking out power for almost a quarter of a million homes and forcing the cancellation of some 2,000 flights nationwide.
New Englanders shouldn’t hope for things to warm up anytime soon. Arctic air is expected to spread from the Midwest to the Northeast this week, chilling cities from Chicago to New York with single-digit temperatures.
The worst of the cold is predicted to affect the Midwest on Wednesday before drifting east into Thursday. Cities around both regions could see new record-low temperatures, AccuWeather.com reports. But even Florida will feel the bitter cold, with temperatures expected to fall into the 30s in Orlando.
Meanwhile, another winter storm barreled across the Plains and the Ozarks on Monday, dropping snow, sleet and ice on its way. Schools in Arkansas were closed due to sleet and traffic accidents in the icy conditions increased six-fold in Kentucky.
Several inches of snow had already accumulated in Washburn, Mo., Monday morning; further east, Nashville, Tenn. already had about a quarter of an inch of ice on the ground, according to the National Weather Service.
Power outages throughout the region have affected thousands of people, including 32,000 customers in Arkansas, according to NBC News. After the storm is done showering ice and snow on states from Oklahoma to Kentucky, it is predicted to head toward the mid-Atlantic—and maybe even New England.
If it gets as far north as Boston, that city—already pummeled by several winter storms—will come even closer to surpassing its all-time record for snowiest season. At 95.7 inches so far, Beantown has less than a foot to go to top the winter of ’95 to ’96.