AccuWeather meteorologist Carl Erickson offers hope that the bitter cold will ease during the latter half of December.
For the next week, though, significant relief is unlikely. Snow is possible Saturday night into Sunday. Winds could kick up on Monday, and daytime highs aren't expected to climb out of the teens until at least Tuesday.
In a few weeks, though, a zonal weather pattern may emerge, which would mean that Arctic air would have a harder time dropping south, Erickson said. In a zonal flow, weather systems tend to travel west to east, as opposed to traveling sharp roller coaster south and north. Those deep loops are what allow Arctic air to penetrate into the southern U.S.
Brief shots of cold air could still occur, but not on the scale that we're currently seeing, he said.
If the zonal flow occurs, temperatures could moderate and hover around the 30s at the end of the month, he said.