Every state – including Hawaii – will experience below freezing temperatures next Monday due to a polar vortex which will send plumes of arctic air down into the US.
The vortex is composed of strong winds that usually circulate in the arctic and do not reach areas further to the south.
However, the winds have now weakened, ‘allowing frigid air to spill out of the polar region’ down into North America, Mashable reports.
The vortex will bring the freezing temperatures to at least 85 percent of mainland America. More than 235 million Americans are expected to shiver through the unusually icy weather.
In the Midwest, temperatures will plunge as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit (-31 degrees Celsius).
The news comes as comes as millions of residents in the Northeast finally begin digging out of Winter Storm Elena, which brought record breaking snowfall to region earlier this week.
In Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, snow fell consistently from Sunday through Tuesday, dumping a whopping 35.5 inches by Wednesday morning.
The winter of our discontent: After Winter Storm Olena dumped snow across the Northeast this week, all 50 states are set to experience below freezing temperatures next Monday due to a polar vortex blowing south from the Arctic. New York City is pictured from the air on Wednesday
NEW JERSEY: Russell Michelle Hoyer are pictured Wednesday trying to find their driveway under the snow in Mt. Arlington, where a whopping 35.5 inches of snow has fallen since Sunday
NEW YORK: On Wednesday, New York City saw its first day of clear skies since the weekend, and members of the city’s Sanitation Department got to work shoveling out streets
MASSACHUSETTS: A resident of Pittsfield is pictured clearing out his street on Wednesday after the storm moved through
MASSACHUSETTS: The storm forced the closure of some COVID-19 vaccination centers earlier in the week. On Wednesday, residents in Boston were pictured back at a re-opened site to receive their shots
The National Weather Service reports the number broke a 122-year-old record for most snow in a New Jersey community from a singular storm.
Residents were finally able to leave their homes on Tuesday, but faced a significant clean-up effort.
Two locals were seen wading through waist-deep snow trying to shovel out their driveway.
Orlena moved north Tuesday, dumping snow in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire before moving up toward Canada. The Weather Channel reports that, as of Wednesday morning, the storm is tracking east of Nova Scotia, Canada but has significantly weakened.
NEW YORK: One local was pictured tucking in to a taco amid piles of plowed snow during the lunch hour on Wednesday
NEW YORK: Several restaurants in Manhattan’s Chinatown has their outdoor dining set-ups ruined by the blizzard, with photos of the area showing tents brought down and tables and chairs buried beneath snow
NEW YORK: Piles of snow were seen on the sidewalk in Chinatown, where re-opened restaurants were only able to offer outdoor dining options due to the COVID-19 restrictions
NEW YORK: The New York Sanitation Department had their work cut out for them, continuing to plow snow from the roads as drivers got back into their vehicles
On Wednesday, New York City saw its first day of clear skies since the weekend.
Orlena dumped more than 17 inches of snow on the Big Apple, forcing the temporary closure of schools, businesses and COVID-19 vaccination centers.
The city attempted to reboot on Wednesday, but it was not without problems.
Several restaurants in Manhattan’s Chinatown has their outdoor dining set-ups ruined by the blizzard, with photos of the area showing tents brought down and tables and chairs buried beneath snow.
However, Orlena’s aftermath did little to keep hardened New Yorkers off the streets.
One local was pictured tucking in to a taco amid piles of plowed snow during the lunch hour on Wednesday.
Indoor dining in New York City is not scheduled to reopen until February 14 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the New York Sanitation Department had their work cut out for them, continuing to plow snow from the roads as drivers got back into their vehicles.
‘Snow Laborers continuing work today to remove snow from cross walks, bus stops, step streets, fire hydrants & some bike lanes. Our salt spreaders/plows continuing to readdress snowy conditions & widening city streets,’ the Department posted on Twitter.
NEW YORK: Restaurant workers in Manhattan’s Upper West Side were seen clearing snow from the sidewalk
NEW JERSEY: Bob McDonald shovels out his driveway and car in Mt. Arlington on Wednesday, after the town was doused with 35 inches of snow in the past three days
NEW JERSEY: Russell Hoyer tries to find his driveway under the snow in Mt. Arlington on Wednesday
NEW JERSEY: An ice fisherman is seen sitting on a snow covered lake in Landing on Wednesday. The area was hit with 35.5 inches of snow in recent days – the most from a since storm since 1899