The Arctic air the majority of American's have come to dreads has already begun to return to the nation with temperatures descending into the teens and single digits across the majority of the northern states on Saturday.
The current blast of freezing air is coupled with wind chills dropping temperatures to close the 40s and below from the West Coast to the Eastern seaboard as the jet stream once again dips into the southern half of the central region of the country, The Weather Channel reports.
A brighter outlook is possible by Thursday of next week when warmer temperatures are expected to be ushered in by the arrival of warmer air from the Pacific Ocean.
Wind chills across the weekend will affect almost every area of the U.S. including much of the West Coast including California and portions of northern Florida where temperatures will dip to around 42 degrees on Saturday.
Across the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and the majority of the Northeast temperatures on Saturday struggled to rise above the 20s with much of the Great Lakes seeing wind chills in the minus figures throughout Saturday.
Even in the Southern States, daytime highs will be far below average for January in the 30s and 40s across much of Saturday and Sunday.
Accuweather reports the passing of the weekend cold snap will give way to a second blast of freezing air making its way across much of the Central Plains into the South and East from Monday until Thursday.
The storm which will push into the Southern states as early as Monday will see a covering of snow and ice affect portions of Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama from Monday into Tuesday morning.
The storm will push north and east from the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico as the week progresses to bring a covering of snow to areas including Little Rock, Arkansas, and Nashville; the storm will continue to push to the east and rise into the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast across Tuesday and could lower temperatures towards freezing for daytime highs through Thursday.
Snow and ice does have a chance of affecting areas of Georgia, the Carolinas, and the northern regions of Florida if the storm passes further to the South.
By the time next weekend comes around the jet stream will have changed once again and will dip further south on the western portion of the nation and rise above the northern states in the central and eastern regions.
This will bring cooler than average temperatures to the West Coast and warmer, mild temperatures to the Central Plains and Eastern seaboard.