More snow showers are coming to Chicago this weekend but it is National Geographic’s polar vortex prediction that has our attention.
Scattered snow showers will fall across Chicago today peaking this afternoon. The National Weather Service has said that there could be localized accumulations and though it won’t be anything drastic, be wary of changing visibility and slippery roads.
The snowfall will continue over the weekend, decreasing on Sunday, and likely stopping altogether from Monday. Accumulations are expected and could result in slushy parts of Chicago.
With the Midwest’s winter intensifying we’ve been put on alarm by news reports earlier this week due to the rumored high odds of a polar vortex. Last week CNN reported that the polar vortex appears to be on the move, stating that the stratospheric warming is occurring at high altitudes above the North Pole. This in turn boosts the possibility that cold air could be pushed southward into the United States later this month for an unpredictable duration.
National Geographic then shared an image of ice built up along the shore of Lake Michigan in January 2019 when temperatures in Chicago dipped to around -20 due to the last polar vortex. With it they warned that a recent spike in Arctic temperatures from about minus 92 degrees Fahrenheit to 8 degrees Fahrenheit has been categorized as a major event and “the mass of cold air spinning around the Arctic” might meander south through the Midwest.
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