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| Earth | Human World on Dec 04, 2013
Snow and a significant ice event is likely all the way from parts of North Texas into the Great Lakes and U.S. Northeast over the next several days.

The first day of winter for the Northern Hemisphere comes on December 21, 2013. However, for Canada and the United States, old man winter has decided to arrive closer to the start of meteorological winter (December 1). Some of the coldest Arctic air we have seen in years is pushing to the south. It is bringing temperatures 30 to 50 degrees below average in parts of the north-central United States. Snow and a significant ice event is likely all the way from parts of North Texas into the Great Lakes and Northeast over the next several days. There will be extremes all across the United States for this first week of December. If you like roller coasters, then you will enjoy this crazy ride.

Winter weather is going to create a big mess across the United States. Winter Storm Warnings have already been issued. More to come over the next several days. Image Credit: NOAA

Winter weather is going to create a big mess across the United States. Winter Storm Warnings have already been issued. More to come over the next several days. Image via NOAA

Major cold will hit parts of Minnesota, North Dakota and points as far south as Texas and into parts of the U.S. Southeast. In higher elevations in Montana/North Dakota/Minnesota, temperatures could drop around -30 degrees Fahrenheit or -34 degrees Celsius.

Many areas will see temperatures 30-40 degrees below average. For instance, Dallas, Texas will reach near 80 degrees Fahrenheit today (December 4) and drop into the low 30s for highs by Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7.

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