Is tomorrow "The Day After Tomorrow"? You remember: Sudden storms? Crazy-intense cold freezing everything in its path? Jake Gyllenhaal?

OK, probably not. But that isn't stopping the weather folks from forecasting a "near-record or historic cold outbreak" Sunday in the cold-hardy Midwest. The cause is what one meteorologist calls the "polar vortex," a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air, piled up at the North Pole, that will be pushed down to the U.S., as far south as the Gulf Coast.

(Call it โ€” if you must โ€” Veronica. That bitch.)

The result is get-outta-here, "life-threatening" cold into next week in the middle of America โ€” 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago โ€” as far south as Atlanta, where the high is expected to hover in the mid-20s on Tuesday.


P.S. It'll be damned cold in New York, too, but I can't tell whether the vortex is to blame.