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Western half of US to be hit with temperatures of up to 30 degrees colder than normal

Record-setting cold weather could strike large parts of the United States in the next week as record-setting low temperatures from Alaska sweep south, climatologists have warned.

The Last Frontier state is already experience its coldest weather in almost two years, with temperatures in Fairbanks hitting minus 41F.

Now the bitter conditions are set to move into the northwestern states, pushing temperatures well below the average for this time of year.

The cold blast is set to last between six and eight days.

One weather model expects low temperatures of 25F degrees below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7, according to Pivotal Weather.

Record-setting cold weather may strike most of the United States in the next week following bitter temperatures in much of Alaska (pictured: Anchorage Airport)Record-setting cold weather may strike most of the United States in the next week following bitter temperatures in much of Alaska (pictured: Anchorage Airport)

Record-setting cold weather may strike most of the United States in the next week following bitter temperatures in much of Alaska (pictured: Anchorage Airport)

One weather model (pictured) expects low temperatures of 25F degrees below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7One weather model (pictured) expects low temperatures of 25F degrees below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7

One weather model (pictured) expects low temperatures of 25F degrees below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7

Just this week, weather in Fairbanks has reached minus-31F ¿ ending a 624-day stretch of warmer weatherJust this week, weather in Fairbanks has reached minus-31F ¿ ending a 624-day stretch of warmer weather

Just this week, weather in Fairbanks has reached minus-31F — ending a 624-day stretch of warmer weather

Alaska (pictured) set the record for its coldest November in 1970 at minus-62F, according to the National Weather ServiceAlaska (pictured) set the record for its coldest November in 1970 at minus-62F, according to the National Weather Service

Alaska (pictured) set the record for its coldest November in 1970 at minus-62F, according to the National Weather Service

The mercury will only reach the high teens in Billings, Montona, and the 20s around Salt Lake City, Utah.

Forecasters predict the weather will move east in the next 10 days, but it will lose some intensity.

Some models suggest cities such as New York and Washington could be slightly higher than usual, but only by 1F or 2F.

When the cold air from the west clashes with warmer breezes from the east, it is also likely to form a storm.

This means central parts of the Lower 48 could see severe snow and thunderstorms.

‘Cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA,’ climatologist Roger Pielke Sr. said on Twitter.

      Alaska set the record for its coldest November in 1970 at minus-62F, according to the National Weather Service.

      Computer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east in the next week.

      ‘When the cold assaults the western United States this time next week and clashes with milder air to the east, a storm is likely to form, producing heavy snow west of its center and potentially strong thunderstorms to the east,’ wrote Jason Samenow, chief meteorologist of the Post’s Capital Weather Gang.

      ‘It is far too early to pin down the specific storm track, but the central United States should start to monitor the situation in the coming days.’

       Now forecasts expect the record-setting weather may spread to 'most' of the United States Now forecasts expect the record-setting weather may spread to 'most' of the United States

      Now forecasts expect the record-setting weather may spread to ‘most’ of the United States

      Low temperatures have already set in Alaska, which is witnessing its coldest weather in two yearsLow temperatures have already set in Alaska, which is witnessing its coldest weather in two years

      Low temperatures have already set in Alaska, which is witnessing its coldest weather in two years

      Computer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east from Alaska (pictured) in the next weekComputer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east from Alaska (pictured) in the next week

      Computer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east from Alaska (pictured) in the next week

      One weather model expects low temperatures of 25F below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7One weather model expects low temperatures of 25F below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7

      One weather model expects low temperatures of 25F below the norm in Denver, Colorado, and Rapid City, North Dakota, by December 7

      Computer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east in the next week Computer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east in the next week

      Computer models predict the near-freezing temperatures will spread east in the next week

      The Anchorage Airport was set at a standstill recently because of heavy snow ¿ an indication of what might happen to the rest of the nation if the cold spreadsThe Anchorage Airport was set at a standstill recently because of heavy snow ¿ an indication of what might happen to the rest of the nation if the cold spreads

      The Anchorage Airport was set at a standstill recently because of heavy snow — an indication of what might happen to the rest of the nation if the cold spreads

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