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This year, the song title “Blue Christmas” will take on a whole new meaning as the country is expected to see record low temperatures for the holidays. “We’re looking at much-below normal temperatures, potentially record-low temperatures leading up to the Christmas holiday,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Zack Taylor.

The freezing temps will be courtesy of an arctic air front that’s expected to arrive this week, first bringing “extreme and prolonged freezing conditions for southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana,” per the NWS. By Thursday, Mississippi’s overnight temperature could fall as low as 13 degrees, while Tennessee will bottom out at 5 degrees, the NWS predicts. The cold front will then expand to the Northern Rockies and the Midwest before reaching the East Coast on Friday, Taylor says.

In all, two-thirds of the U.S. is expected to be affected. Authorities all across the country are warning residents about slick roads and dangerous driving conditions on Christmas as a result of the arctic blast. Do you have any tricks to stay warm when the weather gets this cold?