A “POLAR VORTEX” currently smashing its way through the United States in an icy wave of destruction – is now heading for Britain.
By Tom Rawle/Published 7th January 2014
Even the satellites couldn’t pick this up.
As the US prepares for snow blizzards and temperatures dipping below -50c, weather experts fear the Atlantic blast is making its way east.
Dr James Overland, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, believes some of Earth’s coldest temperatures could cause severe problems in the UK.
He said: “When the polar vortex breaks down, this allows cold air to spill south, affecting the eastern United States and other regions.
“This can result in a warmer-than-average arctic region and colder temperatures that may include severe winter weather events in the North American and European continents.”
The polar vortex has been created by trapped wind at the polar ice cap bringing Earth’s coldest temperatures to the mainland.
The US has been trying to cope with the treacherous conditions after the worst of the weather began to hit on Monday in
Authorities have said 16 deaths in recent days have been caused by the fatal weather that has been classes as the country’s worst conditions in 20 years.
Over the weekend, temperatures of -40C were felt in some northern areas but weather forecasters are preparing the nation for temperatures of -51C in the worst parts.
People in the states of Ohio, South Dakota and Illinois have been seen digging out of their homes from the deadly snowstorm.
A lot of the Midwest states have had to cope with more than 30 centimetres of snow and wailing winds have left travellers in peril.
Only yesterday JFK airport in New York City was closed after a plane skidded off the runway and another private aircraft in Apsen, Colorado crashed in the airport killing one and injuring two.
More than 3,000 flights have been cancelled nationwide, on top of thousands being grounded.
Government officials in cities across the country have urged schools to close and workers to only travel long distances if necessary.
Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee have all warned residents to stay indoors to avoid the freezing weather.
Britain will now be on serious weather alert with the news that the terrifying conditions may be blowing over the Atlantic.
Counties across the UK are already battling severe flooding with whole towns being washed out.
The village of Muchelney, in Somerset, has been submerged for days as residents make their food runs in an old canoe.
Resident Tracey Bradley said: “It’s pretty desolate really, especially for the elderly and children.”
The Environment Agency issued more than 300 flood warnings countrywide as rain lashed down, spoiling the New Year celebrations.
People were stranded at JFK airport after delays and an accident.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said further resources will be given to those fighting the flooding.
He said yesterday: “We’re spending £2.3billion in this four-year period on flood defences which is more than the previous four-year period.
“We have also enabled the Environment Agency to access other sources of money so I think we’re going to see record levels of spending on flood defences.”
The flooding is still set to continue with residents in Dorset and Oxfordshire being urged to brace for “significant flooding” on the Thames, Dorset Stour and Frome rivers.
Searches are still being made for missing 18-year-old Harry Martin, who went missing in south Devon during the storms.
He left his home to take pictures of the chaotic weather and has not been seen since.