WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Parts of the United States will be colder than recent temperatures recorded on Mars. In fact, it will even be colder than the Arctic. How's that for a deep freeze?
Washington, D.C. won't see the coldest temperatures (thankfully) but at one point we could still be considered colder than Mars with a wind chill of 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Mars Curiosity Rover at one point detected air temperatures in the 20s.
The good news is we don’t have to worry about getting even close to the low on Mars, which was -99.4, according to NASA’s most recent data.
In the Midwest, however, a different story. Temperatures in Chicago plunged to -22F while the wind chills feel like -50F. Minneapolis had it a little worse. They saw temperatures -27F while the wind chills feel like -53F.
Here in D.C. snow squall warnings were issued for Berkeley, Frederick, Jefferson, Morgan and Washington counties Wednesday morning. Hefty snow bands can cause brief white-out conditions with heavy blowing snow.
After some light snow Wednesday afternoon, a rush of very cold air will come in. Drivers could see slick spots on area roads, especially side streets and sidewalks.
Keep your heads up! We will be dreaming of Super Bowl Sunday when some warm weather comes our way.