Cold air will blanket two-thirds of the U.S. on Thursday, with arctic air expected to take aim at the East Coast after ripping through the rest of the country. The National Weather Service said temperatures will plummet to 25 to 40 degrees below normal across much of the northern and central U.S. New England is expected to experience light snow, but up to a foot of snow is expected to fall in the Great Lakes region.
The polar invasion is expected to linger through the middle of next week, according to The Weather Channel. It tore through the Plains and Midwest earlier this week, sending temperatures plummeting and shattering record lows. The Weather Channel said that the Rockies, northern Plains and upper Midwest will see temperatures in the teens over the next several days, but single-digits and possibly subzero weather will plague parts of the Rockies and high plains. Separately, another storm system moving through the Pacific Northwest on Thursday is expected to drop snow as it develops. Parts of Portland could see between two and six inches of snow according to The Weather Channel.