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Boston, New York City Record Coldest Temperatures in Decades

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There’s cold, and then there’s what the Northeast experienced on Sunday morning.

Mother Nature left the big cities of the Northeast with historically cold temperatures on Valentine’s Day morning, with New York City and Boston, Massachusetts both recording their coldest temperatures in over 20 years. Boston dropped to an astounding -9° on Sunday, the city’s fourth-coldest temperature on record and the coldest since 1957. New York, meanwhile, dropped below zero (-1°) for the first time since January of 1994.

Watertown, New York topped (or bottomed?) the list, with a Sunday morning low of -37°, the city’s coldest February temperature on record. Other impressive lows on Sunday included Syracuse, New York dropping to -23° and Hartford, Connecticut bottoming out at -12°, the city’s coldest temperature since 1996 – and highs weren’t much better. Boston set a record low maximum temperature for February 14th with a high of just 12°, while New York didn’t do much better with a high of just 15° on Sunday.

But the good news for the cold-weary Northeast is the brutally frigid conditions are already dissipating. An approaching area of low pressure, however, could drop fairly hefty snowfall totals on Presidents’ Day and Tuesday before changing over to a brief period of ice and then rain. New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are all expecting 1-3″ of snow mostly on Monday before the changeover, although suburbs north and west of those locations could see higher amounts.

WeatherNation will have more on the approaching snow for the East over the next few days. For details, check your local forecast here at

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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