Baby its COLD, and we're not alone - KMSP-TV

Baby its COLD, and we're not alone

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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

Here in the Upper Midwest, we aren't seeing anything that we haven't seen before. The intense cold may be visiting us early this season, but we knew that the two of us would eventually meet. They say that misery loves company, and it seems that we have a lot of company in our polar club this month. The rest of the country is also dealing with the extended cold and snow, and that relationship is a bit more foreign.

Let's start out with snow cover! The map below from NOAA shows a large part of the country covered in white. That may not be anything out of the ordinary to us, but look at the snow on the ground in states like Arkansas and Texas. Now that is unique! It's that snow pack that helps the cold air make it farther south. As the cold north winds blow over that snowpack they don't have a chance to moderate as fast. That means the cold stays cold longer and can reach farther south.

It's not just flaky out there but a bit chilly as well. The map below shows the high temperatures for Wednesday. The fingers of cold don't just stop at the Mason-Dixon Line but extend into the Deep South. The line on the map shows the freezing line, clearly marking the portions of the country that never got above freezing on Wednesday.

The snow and cold in place now will raise the chances of more Americans seeing a "White Christmas", a Christmas with at least one inch snow on the ground. Unlike here in Minnesota, the snow down south will be melting quite fast. To put it in perspective, here is a map of the chances of a White Christmas compiled from historical data over the years.

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