A bomb cyclone will be disrupting holiday plans in Central and Eastern U.S.A as some of the coldest wind from Siberia has slipped through the jet stream, through Canada, and is headed towards millions of people in the U.S. The coldest winter in decades is coming, so much so that governor Roy Coopre signed a State of Emergency ahead. Here’s what you need to know for Charlotte this week.
From an extreme cold chill that could bring temperatures into the frostbite range, where even 5 minutes on exposed skin could be dangerous, to snow squalls that are perilous to drive in, and potential blizzards in places like Chicago and the Great Lakes, this is looking to be a bout of dangerous weather. Travel is expected to be severely impacted, with major airlines giving out travel vouchers, bringing a damper on millions of Americans’ holiday plans.
For Charlotte, we aren’t expected to have a white Christmas, but temperatures will be freezing, with highs of low 30s and a low of 10 degrees on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, not to mention winds and rain, starting on Thursday, that will make everything feel a lot colder. It’s said this may be the coldest Christmas since 1989.
As far as the aftermath of this cold front, prepare your pipes to reduce a chance of them bursting, and expect it to be snowy and cold for quite some time, as the low temperatures mean we’ll have snow for longer. Keep animals indoors or prepare shelters for any outdoor pets. You can also check in with local shelters to see if they need any support for the homeless during these next few freezing nights. Stay safe out there, Charlotte.