After spring-like conditions Monday, much colder air is settling into the region and it will settle here for a while.

After spring-like conditions Monday, much colder air is settling into the region and it will settle here for a while.

“We’re going to struggle to warm above 40 (degrees) today,” said John Gagan, senior meteorologist, National Weather Service, Springfield. “Then for the rest of the week, we’re looking at upper teens/lower 20s for lows and 30s for highs. That’s pretty much what we’re going to get for the rest for the week,”

Gagan said a very amplified pattern has pushed a very strong cold front from the Artic through Canada, the Central Plains and into Missouri on Monday, with very strong winds in front of it and temperatures dropping sharply behind it.

“A very, very strong storm that’s developed off the Bering Sea of Alaska — very, very strong low pressure — has resulted in an area of high pressure that’s basically running up the west coast, from California up into Western Canada,” he said. “And much like everything else, whenever you have a wave there’s a dip in the wave out in the Bering Sea, there’s a crest of the wave in the west coast and well, there’s going to be a dip downstream event too, and that’s where we are. The airflow pattern is straight off the Arctic on this one unfortunately, so the cold air that’s been up in the Arctic, building up there the past couple of weeks is going to come straight down here.”

“The Arctic freezer door has been opened and we’re the recipient of it,” he said.

Gagan said the cold temperatures we will experience are not that unusual, as we will not set any records for low temperatures. However, he disclosed it is highly unusual for how long the cold front will remain in our presence.

“At this point, it looks like this pattern is in place and it’s going to last into early next week at least,” he said. “So we’re looking at a good six, seven days of well-below average temperatures. It’s really the prolonged nature which is unusual, not necessarily how cold we’ll get. Again, we’re not going to break many records, but it’s just going to stick around for a while.”