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By Bonnie Davidson
The Courier 

Polar Vortex? Arctic Weather Settles In


Bonnie Davidson / The Courier

City workers try to remove snow off of 3rd Avenue South on Friday, Jan. 3, after freezing rain and temperatures started to rise. Roads that evening were treacherous as Arctic winds and cold were pushed in by a low pressure system.

Every major news station has picked up the phrase, polar vortex. Has Glasgow really been sucked into some vortex that's dropped the temperatures below zero?

The easy answer to that is no. Tanja Fransen, warning coordination meteorologist at National Weather Service Glasgow, explains that this is actually just a low pressure system that came down from the North Pole and brought the cold weather with it. The Arctic cold front pushed down farther south than usual, which brought colder than average temperatures to much of the nation.

"Early December was actually a lot colder," Fransen said. "I...

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