Looks like we'll hit that 2 degree decline Obama wants

Posted on | Tuesday, January 5, 2010 | No Comments


Much of U.S. is cold and getting colder

(CNN) -- Another wave of Arctic air, colder than the current one, will plummet southward over the eastern two-thirds of the nation starting Wednesday, forecasters say.

Little Rock, Arkansas, could see an actual temperature of 10 degrees and wind chill of 20 below zero on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The high temperature will be in the 20s on Thursday and Friday in Dallas, Texas, where consecutive days that cold have not happened since 1998, the weather service said.

"What's unusual about this is the length of the cold snap," CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano said.

"Typically across the South you'll get a two- to three-day cold snap, and then temperatures will moderate," he said. "But we're getting reinforcing shot after reinforcing shot, and that pattern doesn't look like it wants to break down until at least next week."

Safety officials in Virginia were warning children and adults to stay away from frozen ponds and streams.

"It looks very tempting for children and adults to go out on the ice," Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Riley told CNN affiliate WAVY, "but the ice will not support the weight of even the smallest children."

A homeless man was found frozen to death in Kansas City, Missouri, where the temperature was 1 degree Tuesday morning, and Salvation Army officials said they desperately need donations of hats, gloves and socks, CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

The temperature is not expected to rise above zero in Kansas City on Friday.


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