Cold to Continue With Warmth to Follow
By Don Day, Jr., Meteorologist
The severe cold that hit a large part of the nation east of the Rockies just before Christmas and lasting into the New Year will likely persist into the first week or two of January.
While the severity of the cold may ease some by early next week, relative to normal temperatures will continue to be quite cold well into next week.
Dangerously cold temperatures and wind chill have already stressed livestock across 60% or more of the nation for the past two weeks. Beef producers from the Plains, Midwest and East should be ready for severe cold for another week.
However, some relief from the cold may develop by mid to late next week as some Pacific air may push eastward from the West Coast to the central and eastern areas of the country by the middle to the end of next week.
Until the Arctic air mass eases by next week, producers should continue to expect very cold temperatures and wind chills. Some snow along the east coast by later this week will be possible as well.
A break will develop by early to the middle portions of next week with moderating temperatures in many areas.
Despite the break in the severe cold that is coming, there is a high probability that one and perhaps two more outbreaks of Arctic air could return later this month and into February.