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The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region is forecast to be hit with temperatures 30 degrees below average under Arctic high-pressure next week, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: In addition to the intense cold, rain and snow are likely and could impact travel conditions the Weather Channel notes.

  • Chicago could spend 80 hours or more with below-freezing temperatures starting Monday, per the Post.
  • North Dakota is anticipated to hit the single digits on Tuesday and Wednesday, with "overnight lows 10 to 15 below zero" possible, the National Weather Service reports.
  • Minneapolis could hit a record-low next Wednesday morning, with the National Weather Service forecasting minus-12 degrees. The record low for December presently sits at minus-14 dating back to December 11, 1972, per the Post.

Yes, but: Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Richmond may see a warm stream pushing the cities close to 60 degrees, while Raleigh, N.C. is forecast to hit the 70-degree mark, the Post writes.

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