December 28, 2019
To say that Alaska has cooled off following amazing warmth from the middle of December would be the understatement of the year.From their midmonth peak with temperatures as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit above average, a recent and ongoing cold blast has temperatures in Alaska hovering 20 to 30 degrees below average during the last weekend of 2019."In some cases actual temperatures plummeted to more than 60 below zero," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell.
Will brutally cold air in Alaska make its way into the Lower 48 states?
"A place ironically called Manley Hot Springs, Alaska, dipped to 65 below zero during Friday morning," Ferrell said.During late December, temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska, typically range from a low of 15 below zero to 3 above zero. Fairbanks has about four hours of daylight this time of the year.Alaska has been so cold recently that December may finish with near-average temperatures rather than above average over the interior part of the state. This may be the first month in many for such an occurrence. December is still expected to finish warmer than average in Anchorage and Juneau.But, just because much of Alaska is brutally cold does not mean that the Lower 48 States will soon follow suit.
A well-known and long-documented weather system, called the polar vortex, remains strong and has been keeping the deep arctic air pent up near the North Pole.It is when this feature weakens it then becomes convoluted and allows frigid air to plunge southward toward the midlatitudes.Some of the extremely cold air is forecast to spread southward over part of western Canada during the first week of January. But, instead of this air lunging head-long into the U.S., the core of the frigid air is likely to be directed toward central and eastern Canada during the second week of the month as the polar vortex shifts farther to the east but remains strong."Some cold air will sag and advance from the North-Central states to the Northeast states during the second week of the month, but the most frigid air is expected to remain across Canada," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok stated in his blog.That cold snap in parts of the Central and Eastern states is only likely to last a few days."We expect above-average temperatures that linger from late December to the first week of January to return during the second half of January," Pastelok said.This warm anomaly is then likely to wipe out any below-average temperatures from the second week of the month so that January finishes with above average to well above-average temperatures over the eastern half of the nation."The polar vortex will remain strong and close to the North Pole so that deep cold air cannot become established in the Lower 48 States," Pastelok stated.The pattern tends to favor in-and-out cold over the northern tier and not prolonged episodes of frigid weather.Conditions responsible for below-average temperatures over a large part of the Western states has to do with frequent storms rolling in from the Pacific Ocean.These storms tend to manufacture their own chilly air in place."Since much of this air had its origins over the Pacific Ocean and not the North Pole, it is far from how cold conditions could get this time of the year over the Rockies and Intermountain West," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson stated."The frequent storms in the West are being fueled somewhat by warmer-than-average water temperatures over much of the Pacific Ocean," Anderson added.
The warm northern Pacific waters have been helping to modify the air over southern Canada.The storms can still produce periodic low freezing levels along the Pacific coast, such as the case with the recent snow around Christmas in Southern California.Download the free AccuWeather app to check the forecast in your area. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Nick Cannon’s Youngest Child, Zen, Dies from Brain Tumor | TMZ
December 07, 2021
z-R_BTwg_GA
Elon Musk Declared Greatest Gamer But Lousy Boyfriend in New Grimes Song | TMZ TV
December 07, 2021
9Zak2eWfKKA
LIL UZI VERT RENTS NICKELODEON STUDIOS PARK ... For GF Birthday | TMZ TV
December 07, 2021
y0sQD5E8r_k
Why Bravo didn’t film Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas’ engagement party | Page Six
December 07, 2021
yip0fdP_dIg
John Goodman continues to show off 200-pound weight loss | Page Six
December 07, 2021
sfktyh8VIYs
Dorit Kemsley’s husband, PK Kemsley, arrested for DUI | Page Six
December 07, 2021
R3xg0lzwrnI
'Flee' Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen on How Animation Made it Easier to Revive the Past in his Film
December 07, 2021
o6R6N_vTjaY
BTS Sends a Heartfelt Message Via Video At Variety Hitmakers
December 06, 2021
4XBexjgWaxQ
VIP+ Exchange: The Future of Addressable Advertising
December 02, 2021
la03aixkBq0
Bennifer's Courtside Date Night Is A Slam Dunk | E! News
December 08, 2021
scJyrvw9pvY
Is Khloé Kardashian Finally Done With Tristan Thompson? | Daily Pop | E! News
December 08, 2021
DpQ9cbNgv6M
"Don't Look Up" Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tyler Perry & More | Daily Pop | E! News
December 08, 2021
RgUba8JoLJU
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.