Weird winter weather whiplash expected as polar vortex, El Nino battle for center stage

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By: Seth Borenstein/AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for weather whiplash as powerful climatic forces elbow each other for starring roles in a weird winter show.

The spine-chilling polar vortex is taking center stage in Europe and bringing persistent cold to much of North America — except in Hollywood, where soggy El Nino won’t give up the spotlight.

El Nino delivered a balmy Christmas Eve to the eastern U.S. and shattered national records with a warm, wet and wild December. But meteorologists now predict that Minnesota may host one of the coldest NFL playoff games in history this Sunday, with wind chills around 20 below.