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Record Cold Blasts East Coast

13 Feb 2016, 3:10 pm



The coldest air of the season is pushing into the Northeast just in time for Presidents’ Day weekend, where New York City and Boston, Massachusetts could be seeing their coldest temperatures in decades on Sunday.

An Arctic air mass is settling in behind a front, ushering in temperatures topping out in just the teens and low 20s across the I-95 corridor including the big cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Temperatures on Sunday morning are expected to bottom out around 0° at New York City’s Central Park, which would be the first time New York has officially hit 0° since 1994. Boston is expected to drop down to -5°, which could be the city’s coldest temperature in over a decade.

Worse yet, winds are howling out of the northwest, with gusts up to 62 miles-per-hour (MPH) in Boone, North Carolina on Saturday and 39 MPH in Washington, D.C. (Reagan Airport). Wind chill warnings and advisories extended from Maine to Ohio to North Carolina as of Saturday evening.

The cold air, however, retreats rather quickly. Temperatures will warm up in the upper Midwest on Sunday after a bitterly cold Saturday, and then temperatures rebound further east by Monday with an approaching area of low pressure. Near-seasonable temperatures are expected across the eastern third of the country for the rest of the week.

Keep up with WeatherNation for the latest on this potentially historic cold weather outbreak across the East.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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