A brief shot of Arctic air will serve to “shock the system” across the east coast this weekend. A damaging freeze is likely to grip parts of the southeast with temperatures dipping below freezing.
This blast of cold air will be one of the coldest air masses to grip the east coast all winter.
Blustery conditions behind an Arctic front triggered snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes. Parts of Ohio received up to nine inches of snow on Friday.
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Temperatures will struggle to climb out of the teens and 20s on Saturday across parts of the Northeast. Cities as far south as Washington, D.C., will experience temperatures as much as 15 degrees below average.
The wind chill factor will be unbearable for many on Saturday, especially across northern New England. The combination of cold temperatures, gusty winds and dry air will result in subzero wind chill values all day Saturday.
Farther south into Georgia and South Carolina, nighttime and early morning temperatures may dip below freezing. A Freeze Warning has been issued for Saturday morning and a Freeze Watch continues for Saturday night. Those with agriculture interests are urged to take action to protect plants sensitive to the cold.
While temperatures will warm early next week, another shot of cold air is expected toward the end of the week.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Nick Merianos