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Extreme cold leaves global warming by the wayside

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Climate change enthusiasts have nothing to say about Saturday's latest forecast, and the warnings of a "polar vortex" bringing extreme cold down into the U.S. in the next 24-36 hours.

The aptly named cold front will begin pushing freezing cold air down from the North Pole, barreling as far south as the gulf coast, and pushing temperatures below freezing for most of the nation.

There is a short period of time, perhaps a day or two, where the temperatures will rise into the upper 40's to near 50, but they will quickly plunge again, sending wind chill temperatures in North Dakota and Minnesota to minus 50 degrees below. The Mid-Atlantic and New England regions will see wind chill temperatures around -20 degrees.

Nation still suffering effects of post-Christmas storm

With another freeze on the way, people across the northeast are still reeling from the after-affects of a fierce winter storm that dumped 21 inches of snow in Boxford, just north of Boston, Mass. The storm closed major highways in New York and caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights across the country.

North Dakota forecast offices saw lows into the -20s across North Dakota and Minnesota with breezy conditions lowering wind chills to dangerously low levels. As the storm moved east, it left snow, freezing winds and power outages in its wake, bringing transportation to a near stand-still in many locations.

The Midwest and northern tier prepare for winter's coldest air yet

With NOAA and weather officials warning everyone of the dangers involved in the cold blast that's arriving, one meteorologist, Ken Simosko, from Bismarck, said it would take all of five minutes to get frostbite in minus 50 degree conditions.

It is worth mentioning that everyone thinks of their neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled at this time. Call or stop by to check on them, making sure there is electricity and food and water. Simosko pointed out that,

"We usually don't call something 'life threatening, but yes, we want people to know that this is very much a life-threatening event."

Forecasters are saying that while there will be a warming trend after this latest freeze is passed us by, more snow is expected in the midwest and is expected to dump an additional 6-12 inches before moving off to the east. As for the global warming issue, it's on hold for awhile.



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