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Chasing The Polar Vortex

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Mount Holly, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The freezing temperatures moving across New Jersey are part of the polar vortex which caused weather conditions to drop 50 degrees in 24-hours.

Ironically, the polar vortex is actually always there, high up in the atmosphere, and when conditions change it results in it coming down and bringing with it temperatures that are normally in the North Pole.

National Weather Service forecaster, Michael Gorse, discussed how exactly this cold weather came to be.

“The main brunt of the polar vortex is still up here in the North Pole, but basically what happened is a piece of that has broken off and actually been pulled south bound. The coldest core of the air is basically in the mid-west down through the Tennessee valley and then into the whole northeast and eastern part of the country,” he said.

With all the latest technology, forecasters knew that the vortex was coming and luckily, they know that as quickly as it came in, it will be heading out and we can expect normal winter temperatures as early as today.

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