Spring-Buster: Cold Air Sweeps Across Plains, Midwest and East to Begin This Week

Brian Donegan
Published: April 15, 2018

Yet another April chill is spreading across the Plains, Midwest and East to begin this week, potentially setting some additional record-low temperatures.

The stubborn upper-level trough, or southward dip in the jet stream, that has dominated the central and eastern states since March has returned, sending temperatures back below average.

The Plains and much of the Midwest began shivering Friday and Saturday. Daily record lows were set Saturday in Rapid City, South Dakota (13 degrees), Pierre, South Dakota (17 degrees - tie) and Garden City, Kansas (21 degrees).

Sunday morning, daily record lows were set in Rapid City, South Dakota (12 degrees) and Dodge City, Kansas (19 degrees). Wind chills in the single digits were reported as far south as Kansas early Sunday.

Current Temperatures

Low temperatures Monday morning will be 15 to 30 degrees below average throughout the Plains, Midwest and even portions of the South.

Some additional record lows will be threatened Monday morning in Sioux City, Iowa (20 degrees), Omaha, Nebraska (21 degrees), Kansas City, Missouri (28 degrees), Wichita, Kansas (29 degrees) and Little Rock, Arkansas (33 degrees).

Forecast Morning Lows

Monday's high temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below mid-April averages from the northern and central Plains to the mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley and the Southeast.

Colder-than-average temperatures will continue Tuesday from the upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Northeast. 

(MAPS: 10-Day Forecast Highs/Lows)

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