I now want to focus on the longevity of this cold air. Read the previous blog post for more specifics on the late week cold.
Once again, we're likely not looking at record setting cold, but this WILL get your attention. We have had a relatively mild winter and this week will have highs in the 50s to near 60. That will change and change quickly. Previous cold snaps came and went. This will likely take hold and stay cold. It will be bold with little break so consider your warning told.
I can't show the Euro due to restrictions, but I can show the GEFS and it's similar to the Euro in that it has very cold air locking into the central United States.
I know you are wondering about snow chances. As chief meteorologist Barry Brandt says, "with arctic air in place, anything can happen." I would be shocked if we didn't get some sort of significant wintry weather out of this cold period. It all starts late this week and it will last for awhile. Heating bills are going through the roof as temperatures tank.