Millions of people will experience the coldest air in a generation.That’s what the National Weather Service warns. The winter weather has already claimed three lives in the midwest. But for much of the country, the worst is yet to come.
Dangerous and absurdly cold conditions will grip 75 percent of people living in the continental United States, trapping about 220 million Americans in sub-zero temperatures and making it nearly impossible for many to travel.
The icy blast is from a breakdown in the polar vortex, which is a circulation of strong upper-level winds that normally surround the North Pole.
Typically the cold dense air is locked in the arctic regions, but a change in winds forced the vortex to fracture shifting south bringing widespread, bitter and record-breaking cold to the United States.
The winter wallop isn’t just the deep freeze. Intense snow smothers much of the Midwest. Snow will likely extend to the deep south.
In Atlanta, home to this year’s super bowl, forecasters predict the temperatures to plunge Tuesday as the city is expected to get up to two inches of snow