A polar vortex in the middle of the summer?

Some commentators are pulling out the V-word to describe the cold snap that is forecast for the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. next week, but many meteorologists say it isn’t so.

One of them is Shawn Smith, of the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga, who said Thursday that although a big trough of cold air is expected to resemble last winter’s vortex pattern, this time “it won’t even be the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere.”

It will be chilly, 10 to 15 degrees below normal, he said, “but nothing too significant.”

High temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s are predicted for Western New York on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“The sun should warm up the ground substantially to ward off the chill,” Smith said, “but it’s abnormal, especially at a time when we’d expect the warmest temperatures of the summertime.”


RELATED: Take a look back through our photo gallery from the real polar vortex’s last trip through Western New York and be grateful for what’s headed our way.