2017 is ending on a snowy and frigid note as dangerous cold and piles of snow are blanketing some parts of the northern U.S. This winter pattern is giving some a feeling of déjà vu because a similar weather pattern swept through the same part of the country the end of December 2013 into January 2014.
Some states in the northern part are seeing record low temperatures, some of which could linger for a week or more.
According to the National Weather Service, International Falls, Minnesota broke a 93-year-old record of the coldest temperature. The old record was 32 below set in 1924.
The new record? 37 degrees below zero without factoring in the wind chill.
Wind chill advisories and warnings stretch from New England to the northern Plains, and could last into the new year.
The cold isn’t the only winter weather people are experiencing. Snowfall totals in Erie, Pennsylvania are breaking records by receiving more than 60 inches of snow in three days. More than half of that snowfall came on Christmas Day, and more snow is still expected.
Some forecasters are saying these below normal temperatures could reach south to the Gulf Coast states.