Cold Weather This Weekend

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New York’s weather this winter seems to have been all over the place; Christmas felt nearly tropical, the rain was torrential in the early part of January, but then a couple weeks ago a record-breaking snowstorm hit.  And now, the Polar Vortex is set to sweep into New York City this weekend, getting ready to ruin your Valentine’s Day.  It will be sending down frigid air southward, from beyond the borders of Canada.  Some of this air will be sliding directly southward from eastern Canada, avoiding any warming effects on the mild waters of the Great Lakes.

A polar vortex is a storm typically centered near the North Pole, and tends to keep the coldest air trapped in the north of Canada.  This storm will occasionally weaken or shift enough to allow for frigid air to plummet southward into the US.  After a month with temperatures averaging 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, temperatures for this weekend will be falling to 10-20 degrees below normal, possibly going down 30 degrees.  After climbing to 38 degrees later today, the temperature is set to plummet dramatically; temperatures for Friday and Saturday morning will be around the teens, and Sunday morning could see temperatures down to five below.

Cold air will be tough for any New Yorkers spending time outdoors and not properly dressed.  Some things to worry about include frostbite, hypothermia, the bursting of unprotected pipes, water mains and battery failures in vehicles.  While New England will be get hit harder than New York, that’s not to say that Gotham won’t be cold.  Yet much like Jonas, this weather will leave just as soon as it came.  Temperatures might get as low as all of last winter, but the cold air isn’t likely to linger.

Best Cold Weather Vacations in the US

Casper, Wyoming
The beautiful Casper Mountain in Wyoming.

Although winter usually leaves people yearning for warm weather and beaches, it’s a season that we should learn to embrace, and perhaps take our own vacations to.  There are many wonderful winter destinations in the United States that offer an abundance of winter activities and quaint towns to explore that look better in holiday lights and snow than they do in the blue skies of summer. So this year, instead of a tropical getaway, try a snowy, cozy one.  Here are some of the best cold weather destinations in the US:

The first wintery destination that you may have already had in mind is Anchorage, Alaska.  You can find snow in Alaska from October to late April, so there’s plenty of time for you to experience winter if your vacation schedule doesn’t fall within the cold months the rest of the country experiences. Alaska is truly the last frontier.  It’s beauty is surreal, with snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and miniature wildflowers, everything you see will look like a perfect backdrop.  Apart from the natural beauty, Anchorage is home to many cultural and historic attractions.  From the Alaska Native Heritage Center to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, you can learn all you need to know about the last frontier – and more! Plus, there are many downhill ski areas within a 45 minute drive of Anchorage; and if you like dogs, the famous Iditarod begins right in Anchorage.

Another great winter vacation to add to your list should be Casper, Wyoming.  Casper is home to winter lodges, ice fishing, ski grounds, and other various cultural attractions.  The Casper Nordic Center includes 26 miles of ski trails, 27 miles of back-country trails, and a lit-up trail for night skiing. If you’re into history, Casper’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center lures visitors to explore what it was like to be a settler traveling out west in the 1800s. And if you like sports, the Casper Events Center holds over 200 events per year, ranging from basketball games to snowmobiling.  You won’t run out of any activities to do in Casper, and plus – this city looks impeccable in the snow.

Bangor, Maine, is next on this list, with over a dozen downhill and Nordic ski areas surrounding the town.  Bangor truly encompasses the idea of “quaint,” as streets lined with houses built in the early 19th century light up in holiday decor.  This town is a perfect little winter getaway, especially if you are trying to escape the hustle and bustle of a big city.  There are dozens of bars and restaurants to walk to, and you can even have a fancy night out at one of the shows performed at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Penobscot Theatre Company.  Bangor is a great place to escape for a little rest and relaxation, and it is more than aesthetically pleasing in those cold winter months.

For more cold weather getaway ideas,  check out Livability’s article on “The 10 Best Winter Vacations” right here.  Let it snow!