A super storm created by the after effects of Typhoon Nuri swept Alaska and will cause frigid temperatures in other major cities in the U.S., including New York City by Friday.
Forecasters say the temperatures could drop to the 30s by Friday, with the first half of the week remaining relatively mild in the 50s. Temperatures will begin to dip in the big apple by Wednesday, according to The New York Post.
“It is going to turn colder for sure,” said senior meteorologist Dave Dombek of Accuweather, who said predictions for Wednesday point to it dropping to 44 degrees.
The probability of snow or any precipitation with the cold temperatures is still unclear, according to Dombek.
New York City will be just one of the places affected by the cold snap, as parts of at least 48 states in the lower part of the U.S. could see temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees below average, according to the National Weather Service.
The Alaskan storm peaked last Friday with winds up to 70 mph and gusts up to 90 mph on Alaska’s Shemya Island. The system has weakened since then, however.
Bob Oravec, the lead forecaster of College Park Maryland, says the storm is helping to change the jet stream flow and anchoring a cold pattern that will send a surge of arctic air from the northern high plains to the central plains.
The storm also caused snowfall in Minnesota with up-to 4 inches hitting the ground Monday morning. There will also be significant snowfall in Wisconsin and Michigan well into Tuesday. Minneapolis could get a foot or more and residents are already rushing out to buy shovels, according to an NBC report.
“After last year’s hard winter, people don’t seem to be messing around this year,” said David Lansing, assistant manager at Frattalone’s Ace Hardware in Burnsville, Minnesota, to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’re selling a few shovels here and there, but they’re mostly going right for the snow blowers.”