Severe Arctic Cold Headed for Continental U.S. – And Record-Breaking Snowfall

“What’s on course to hit the U.S. starting this weekend looks BIG,” says “It looks unprecedented.”

According to the latest GFS models (above) from May 6 through May 8, periodic pockets of out-of-season cold will bring temperature departures crashing down to some 8C to 16C below the seasonal average.

But it’s on Sunday, May 9 that the real problems are forecast to begin.

A violent kink the jet stream looks set to deliver intense Arctic cold to the majority of the CONUS.

The image at top of this page shows the GFS temperature anomaly chart for Sunday, because that’s when a fierce band of polar cold is on course to streak west to east through the entire breadth of the U.S.

From Montana to Virginia, temperatures are scheduled to plunge as much as 20C below the seasonal norm.

Then, from May 10 to May 12 (image below), a rare mid-spring freeze sinks south to engulf Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

“May 13 is predicted to deliver an even harsher shot of polar cold to central and southern states, with huge departures from the norm.”

Along with the cold, record-annihilating snowfall is expected to drop down from Canada.

“Beginning in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming on Saturday, May 8, wintry storms are predicted to have engulfed Colorado by Monday, May 10, where they’ll be counting totals in the feet across the state’s higher elevations.”

“Needless to say, these are unprecedented totals for May,”.

“If the reality pans out anything like the models are forecasting, then May, 2021 will enter the books at the snowiest May on record across many U.S. states with the highest one/two/three-day snowfall totals.” If so, “there will be nothing in recorded history that comes even remotely close.”

According to the National Weather Service,

“Unsettled weather is expected across the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains through Sunday.”

“Over the next couple of days, an upper-level trough/low is forecast to move eastward into the western U.S. and push a frontal system across the West ahead of it. These features will lead to precipitation for the Northern Rockies into the Northern Plains. Several inches of snow is expected in higher elevations, and some light snow amounts could even spread into lower elevations of the Northern Plains, given cooler than average temperatures spreading into the northwestern and north-central U.S. after a warm Friday across the Rockies.”

“Broad upper-level troughing over the eastern part of the U.S. will lead to below normal temperatures there, especially in terms of highs–highs in the 50s and 60s for the Midwest to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic would be 10 to 20 degrees below normal through the weekend. On Saturday, much colder air filters into the north-central U.S. with the trough approaching.”

See more as to why we’re entering a full-blown solar minimum:

Thanks to Winston Smith for these links

30 thoughts on “Severe Arctic Cold Headed for Continental U.S. – And Record-Breaking Snowfall”

  1. Oh, for crying out loud. We’re past the first week of May, and we’re *still* having snowstorms reminiscent of December… and the climate loons are *still* shilling for “It’s Worse Than We Think” Gorebull Warming.

    As I’ve often said, we’ll all be arse-deep in snow in July and the loons will still be bleating about warming. Perhaps it’s time to stop listening to idiots.

    • Get photos of the storms’ production. Digital cameras date stamp all that info on the file. That way, you’ll have a real record, not just anecdotes.

    • No you won’t be, snow in May melts within a couple of days because temperatures will return to seasonal norms.

      Once the ground warms up, snow melts from below, not above. It can be below freezing air temperature but snow will melt because the earth will be +8-10C.

      • So far those things seem to be favoring Robert Felix and what he has been saying in his books and on this site for years. It will prove interesting to see how this trends over the next few years.

  2. I hate it when the word unprecedented is used because noting every is, its just a matter of looking back far enough and sure enough you will find another example. “Unprecedented” and “record shatter” are alarmist statements used by climate alarmists to push their agenda. We need to be more measures, and understand that nothing in this world is unprecedented if we just look back far enough.

      • On the other hand, sometimes it IS unprecedented. If people think that there are records not being looked at, go find then and prove that it wasn’t unprecedented. Yes, the beginning of the last ice age probably could be considered a precedent, but was there anyone recording the event?

    • … if we just look back far enough… like into the pre-recorded history era… makes sense to me.

      • Mother nature herself provides a far longer record than man. Tree rings, ice core samples, and rock fragments can tell us what the climate was like thousands of not millions of years ago. Man and his records have only been here for 5 seconds.

  3. Definitely will be cooler over the next 3 to 4 days, but it doesn’t look too severe. According to, the highs in Minneapolis Saturday through Tuesday will range from 57 to 64, cool, but doesn’t sound that extreme for Minnesota. Will be interesting to see which forecast is correct — arctic cold, or just slightly cooler. Here in SW Utah, same story: we’ve been in the high 70s to low 90s this week, 86 today, and will dip to highs of 78 to 80 for Saturday through Tuesday, before heating up again, a last respite from summer temperatures, then 90 degrees by the 13th.

    • friend in SD sent pics of lovely seedlings hes grown, be sad if it really is that cold and knocks em round

    • You can put Mason jars, quart-sized or larger, over them to keep them warm at night. Then let them have the fresh air during the day. Once, they’ve grown a bit, the Mason jars can be put away.

      • Cut the bottom off a plastic 2 or 3 litre plastic pop bottle remove screw top place over young plants. Protects from frost and allows plants to breathe. 4 litre milk cartons also work.

        Did the snow actually arrive?

    • In UK, we never plant tomatoes in the soil much before the end of May. You can risk it earlier, but May 31st into the soil is our go to date.

      Of course, you can grow earlier ones in pots or in greenhouses.

      We still get tomatoes mid August even planting out late May.

  4. We view Spring 2021’s record snowfalls across central U.S. States as not merely an unprecedented “cold Sophie” polar vortex, but a confirming “amplitude compression” feature of the final 20-year cold-phase ending Earth’s 140-year rebound from the 500-year Little Ice Age that ended the Holocene Interglacial Epoch in AD 1350.

    Meantime, as RWF has emphasized for years, mid-latitude forcings refreeze both hemispheres “in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays and meridional jet stream flow”, threatening to shift the North Atlantic’s Beaufort Gyre sharply south of Europe’s high-latitude Gulf Stream currents.

    Once warm-water circulation patterns fall below North Africa’s Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.4ᵒ north), lands above the Mediterranean arc will revert to Siberian conditions, rendering Eurasia all but uninhabitable for an entire evolutionary era.

  5. Yes, I agree, the 160 (plus some) years Modern Maximum is slowly but steadily approaching a finale. The cold of a next little (or big?) ice age is upon us all. Time to start preparing for everybody living above the 50th latitude!

  6. I checked back in my photo files: I have photos of snow on my lawn on April 18, 2019, which I thought was unusual then. No more. It snowed here in my area last week, (1st week of May), but not long enough for me to get out the camera and none of it stuck.
    I”m 8 miles south of the IL-WI border, in northeastern Illinois, and Lake Michigan has something to do with late snows, but in May? Unusual. If it happens again – something is definitely going on.
    Here’s a link to a very good interview 2 years ago from Sky News Australia, regarding a coming return to prolonged cold weather systems, which (over time) can become an actual ice age.

    The hype to convince people that the planet is close to frying is not working too well any more. My nephew reported freezing weather down in Texas a short while ago (about 10 days) and if you look at a weather map with the night-time temps, or a “winter” overlay, you’ll see that the cold air is NOT going away with any good grace. In fact, the night-time temps for this past week and this next week are well below normal, in the upper 30s at night. NOT NORMAL, period.

    There’s more to come. I’m sure of that. If there is snow this summer in the Rockies, that would not be unusual. If there is a blizzard this summer in that general area, something’s up.

    When I did a spreadsheet on long-term cold and warm cycles going back over 500,000 years, based on European and North American findings, the cold periods turned out to be longer than the warm periods that followed them.

    Not saying we’re doomed, just generally not prepared.

    Whatever will the warmists do when they can’t get warm any more?

  7. Not sure about snow accumulations in the Midwest, but sure expect more snow over the Rockies with well below normal temps in these areas from the Rockies east to the Eastern US thru mid next week. Still expecting snow in Mt Washington,NH Tue/Wed with below freezing temps as well as some snow for areas of the Adirondacks above 3,000 ft thru Tuesday, with a mixture of rain/snow in parts of the Midwest Sunday. Temps could drop below freezing overnight over parts of Nebraska thru WV and north thru New England, depending on elevation, thru early next week.
    Certainly cold for May!

  8. I am in New Orleans. Between the cooler than usual temps and the way above average rain fall I gave up on planting tomatoes this year. It is the 1st time in 12 years I haven’t planted tomatoes. I did just harvest a few cabbages in late April, wow !

  9. Something appears off about those maps. Locally (southern AZ) we are being told that we are close to triple-digit weather. So I’m more worried about my recently planted or newly emerging seedlings frying up rather than freezing.

  10. May snow on the Great Plains of the Dakotas today. That’s a sign of tge global warming they are so certain about, isn’t it? Feet of snow normally equals worsening drought too

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