A worker for the city's housing department clears snow from a sidewalk in downtown Auburn, Maine, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. A nor'easter is expected to drop 12 to 18 inches of snow on parts of Maine, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Bloomberg) – A deep freeze is about to descend on North America, Europe and Asia thanks to record high temperatures across the Arctic.

How’s that? “Think of it like a seesaw,” said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. If winter temperatures rise north of Alaska, that “forces an equal-opposite downward-southward push. The cold essentially has to go somewhere else.”

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