Brace yourselves: frigid temperatures could be coming for Colorado’s Front Range next week. From January 12 to January 18, expect cold air from the Arctic to settle over the United States, cooling just about everything off.

The National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have seen conditions that could create a high-pressure bubble over Greenland.

This bubble can then push Arctic air south, including right over our home state of Colorado.

A map of the United States showing predicted temperature deviations from normal, with much of the central U.S. labeled as much colder than normal.
Courtesy National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

One big hazard NOAA predicts is air temperatures below zero, with wind chills making them even worse. While cold air can feel tolerable on sunny, still days, high winds can steal people’s warmth and increase the risk of hypothermia.

The cold air bubble over Colorado could also increase the severity of storms that might form while it’s here. While most people in Colorado know how to drive safely in regular snow, many may not be prepared for whiteouts and snow squalls.

Prepare for the January Polar Vortex in Colorado

To keep yourself safe during this weather, dress in warm layers, limit time outside and keep an emergency kit in your car.

Keep an eye on pets if they have to spend time outdoors.

Make sure to be safe around potential carbon monoxide sources by keeping generators and propane stoves away from your house.

While Colorado is no stranger to cold weather, it is also not the only state expected to get hit by this arctic blast. The coldest pockets are expected over the northern plains, including Montana and North Dakota. Areas on the east coast could face flooding. No matter where you are, keep an eye on the forecast and always be prepared.

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