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Record Cold Temperatures Sweep Into Northeast; Another Arctic Blast on the Way


Record cold temperatures for early April have swept into some Northeast and Great Lakes cities to begin this week. Subzero readings were even observed near the Canadian border in northern Michigan, northern New York and northern Maine Tuesday morning.

More record cold is possible on Wednesday morning in the Northeast. Then the cold will become more expansive late this week due to yet another southward dip in the jet stream which will allow more arctic air to push south from Canada.

Record Cold Early This Week

On Tuesday morning a number of locations in the Northeast and Great Lakes set new daily record lows for April 5. This includes Marquette, Michigan (7 degrees below zero), Concord, New Hampshire (4 degrees), Glens Falls, New York (7 degrees), Syracuse, New York (9 degrees), Binghamton, New York (12 degrees) and Watertown, New York (12 degrees - tie), Albany, New York (14 degrees) and Rochester, New York (14 degrees). Syracuse crushed its previous daily record low for April 5 of 15 degrees set in 1982 and also tied its second coldest April day on record. In Concord, the low of 4 degrees is a record low for the entire month of April.

In addition to those record lows, several locations on Monday saw record cold high temperatures. Among those cities are Concord, New Hampshire (26 degrees), Hartford, Connecticut (27 degrees), Portland, Maine (25 degrees), Providence, Rhode Island (31 degrees), and Worcester, Massachusetts (22 degrees).

More record lows are possible Wednesday morning in the Northeast, including (current record is in parenthesis):

  • Potential record lows Wednesday: Boston (20 degrees); Concord, New Hampshire (14 degrees); Bangor, Maine (15 degrees); Providence, Rhode Island (20 degrees); Worcester, Massachusetts (15 degrees); Atlantic City, New Jersey (25 degrees).

Much of Northeast will once again see wind chills in the single digits and teens Wednesday morning. In addition, freeze warnings extend from parts of the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley to North Carolina. Frost advisories have also been issued for parts of South Carolina and far east-central Georgia.

Late Week Arctic Cold

Another significant blast of cold air will impact much of the Midwest and East late this week, as another southward dip in the jet stream is expected sweep across those regions.

Below-average temperatures will return to the Midwest on Thursday, with even colder conditions expected across the Midwest on Friday. The chilly conditions will also begin to expand into parts of the Northeast and southward into portions of the South on Friday.

Highs will be 10 to 25 degrees colder than average on Friday for much of the Midwest. Highs will once again only reach the 30s and 40s for the Midwest, with 50s in the Ohio Valley.

Chilly temperatures will stretch from the Northeast into the Great Lakes and parts of the Southeast on Saturday. High temperatures will be up to 25 degrees below average for numerous locations east of the Mississippi River. The Northeast will only see highs climb into the 30s and 40s, with 50s in parts of the Southeast.

Low temperatures will also be colder than average and a few daily record lows cannot be ruled out Sunday morning in the Midwest and Northeast.

A few cities that could set new record lows include (current record is in parenthesis):

  • Potential record lows Sunday: New York (28 degrees); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (26 degrees); Buffalo, New York (19 degrees); Erie, Pennsylvania (22 degrees); Detroit (20 degrees); Cincinnati (23 degrees); Indianapolis (23 degrees); Traverse City, Michigan (13 degrees).

Temperatures may drop into the 30s in many areas in the Tennessee Valley and Southeast. A frost or a freeze is even possible this weekend in parts of the mid-South.

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