Polar Vortex could bring even colder air to Central Ohio

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COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH)–If you thought it was cold now, just wait.

A lobe of the infamous polar vortex–the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere–will pivot south into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Tuesday, likely bringing the coldest air we have experienced since Feb. 2015 by midweek. 

In early Jan. 2014, central Ohio received the full impact of the polar vortex, when wind chills plunged to near -40. Next week’s visitation will be a glancing blow, but a cold blast that will leave us shivering a for several days. 

A preliminary surge of arctic chill this weekend will offer a hint of what is coming.

On Tuesday, morning lows could dip below -20 degrees in the Upper Midwest and below -10 degrees in central Ohio. The last time the temperature was that low in Columbus occurred on Feb. 24, 2015 (-11 degrees). 

Some daily-record lows will be in jeopardy by the middle of the week, accompanied by dangerous wind chills around -25 in Ohio, which can cause frostbite in less than 15 minutes if you are unprotected.

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