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Arctic Blast Breaks Records in Midwest

by Jamie Robinson        February 10, 2011  |  2:58 pm  |  Category: Latest News

The last couple days have seen numerous records fall, yet again, in the nation's mid-section.  Snowfall amounts of 20+ inches were seen in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Places like Jay, OK (25"), Siloam Springs, AR (24.5") and Hutchinson, KS (17") are digging out from heavy snow.  The cleanup is further compounded by the blast of arctic cold that came in behind the system.

Lows Thursday morning broke records in states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.  Bartlesville, OK set a new all-time low for the state of Oklahoma with -28°F!  Other locations setting records were:

  • Wichita, KS (-17°F) - beat old record for this date by 5°F
  • Springfield, MO (-10°F)
  • Amarillo, TX (-6°F)

The good news for everyone is that there's a February thaw heading their way.  Places like Bartlesville, after setting a record low this morning, will be looking to rebound to the mid 50s by Sunday afternoon.  Amarillo is looking for the mid 60s by Sunday as well.  The thaw looks to continue into at least the middle of next week.  Some forecasters are even saying that some areas could see as much a 100° jump from the frigid temperatures of this morning with temperatures in the next week pushing the 70s in some locations!!!

As the Midwest finally sees some thawing, the Northeast will remained locked into a cold and wintry pattern with another round of snow coming this weekend.  A dip in the jet stream over the Northeast will help keep cold temps in place while allowing the "big melt" in the middle of the country.

While winter is far from over (we just passed the mid point of winter recently), this warm up will do a lot to help areas thaw out after a brutal first half of winter.

 

Comments

2/14/2011 1:09:04 PM #

Ahh... its warming up this week (in Minnesota we consider 45* warm).

Rory Groves

7/19/2011 8:32:46 AM #

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