Bitter cold to hit across world, from China to UK and U.S.
A mild autumn and start to December came to a bone-chilling end as bitterly cold air reached Beijing and northeast China on Thursday.
The cold air quickly pressed southward, encompassing much of eastern China and the Korean Peninsula by Friday.
Friday was one of Beijing's coldest December days on record as temperatures were held to just shy of 6 below zero Celsius (21 F). Biting winds created dangerously lower AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures of 18 below zero C (zero F).
A high near 4 C (40 F) is more common in early December.
Similar weather gripped Seoul, South Korea, on Friday. The last time both cities failed to have a high temperature above freezing was Feb. 11 and 12.
Stormy weather will continue across Ireland and the United Kingdom into Sunday, threatening to cause sporadic power cuts and disruptions to travel and holiday plans.
The potential exists for one of the storms sweeping in from the Atlantic to be named by the Met Office or Met Eireann. The next windstorm name on the list for this season is Deirdre, which will be followed by Erik.
Another storm sweeping in from the Atlantic will renew the risk of rainfall and strong winds into Sunday morning.
Much of the U.K. will dodge the worst of this storm; however, local damaging winds can whip across southern Ireland, southern and western Wales and South West England.
After a relatively quiet start to December, storms will roll through the northwestern United States on a regular basis through the upcoming week.
Portland, Oregon, and Seattle typically receive around 1.35 inches of rain during the first seven days of December, but only picked up 4 and 10 percent of this amount, respectively.
As a stormy pattern sets up over the Pacific Northwest over the next week, these cities should quickly catch up on their December rainfall deficits.
The first storm will bring mainly a nuisance rain to the Interstate-5 corridor on Sunday and Sunday night.
However, there can be travel problems over I-90’s Snoqualmie Pass, where several inches of snow can create slick conditions for motorists.
The eastern slopes of the Cascades and part of the Columbia River basin could be at risk for a bit of ice on Sunday night that can also create slick spots, especially on elevated surfaces.
Outside of the far northwestern corner of the state, California will be spared from this storm. ■