Weather

Arctic blast set to spread across the U.S. in record cold snap

A resident plays with his dog as snow falls in Humboldt Park on November 11, 2019 in Chicago
Snow falls in Humboldt Park, Chicago, on Monday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Snow cancelled some 1,000 flights at Chicago airports Monday as an arctic blast brings freezing temperatures to tens of millions of people across the U.S. this week, AP reports.

Why it matters: The National Weather Service (NWS) warns "widespread record cold" is possible for much of the country this week. It says 385 cold records could tumble from the Plains to the East Coast through Thursday.

California fire season could last until December

A firefighter douses flames from a backfire during the Maria fire in Santa Paula, California on November 1
A firefighter douses flames from a backfire during the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

California could continue to endure wildfires until December as a late start to the rainy season looks increasingly likely — particularly in the south of the state, the Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center warns in a new report.

QuoteThis may be a long fall and winter across California for both the fire-fighting community and the general public in terms of coping with the threat of fires."