Oct 30, 2019

Arctic Cold Smashes October Records in the West; Spreads to the Plains, Mississippi Valley

Colorado
Wyoming
Montana
Minnesota
USA
by
Brian Donegan
,
The Weather Channel
A front sweeping across the country will bring temperatures that are well-below average in many areas.
A front sweeping across the country will bring temperatures that are well-below average in many areas.

An arctic blast is smashing daily, even monthly cold records in the West and Plains, and will given a glancing blow to the East late this week.

This latest arctic cold front is delivering temperatures more reminiscent of mid-winter, rather than late October in the West.

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Dozens of daily record lows have been set in the West so far this week.

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The biting cold air for this time of year is being funneled southward from Canada into the western and central United States by a southward plunge of the jet stream. That dip in the jet stream will slowly migrate eastward late in the week, taking the colder air with it.