Arctic Blast to Settle in Northeast, Continue Heavy Lake-Effect

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
December 12, 2013; 9:00 PM ET
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Another blast of arctic air continues to roll over the Midwest and the Northeast Thursday. The frigid air will continue to trigger heavy lake-effect snow.

Arctic Blast

The air will be the coldest of the season so far from Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

The arctic blast will be accompanied by stiff breezes and gusty winds, which produced RealFeel® temperatures well below zero over the northern Plains and much of the Midwest, brings near zero wind chills in parts of the I-95 region.

@WeermanAshoka tweeted: "Arctic Blast to Follow Northeast Snow, Trigger Heavy Lake-Effect. USA #Snowstorm , another cold attack coming!"

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According to the National Weather Service, the air has already delivered the lowest temperatures for so early in the season since 1978 in Chicago and Rockford, Ill. The temperature Tuesday morning plunged to minus 6 F and minus 9 F respectively.

The worst of the cold will reach the Atlantic Seaboard Thursday night.

Along the East Coast, the air will follow a couple of days behind a storm that brought accumulating snow Tuesday.

The Arctic air will pave the way for snow covered roads during the next storm to sweep across 1,000 miles from the Midwest to the Northeast later Friday into the weekend.

Lake-Effect Snow

The action of frigid air passing over the open waters of the Great Lakes will set up bands of heavy lake-effect snow, that will produce whiteouts in some locations of upstate New York, northwestern Pennsylvania, northwestern Indiana and Michigan.

Areas likely to be hardest hit by lake-effect snow include New York state's Tug Hill region thanks to Lake Ontario and areas south of Buffalo courtesy of Lake Erie. The snowiest spots within these areas are likely to receive between 3 and 5 feet of snow through Friday.

As of Thursday midday, parts of upstate New York have received several feet of snow. Redfield and Constableville, N.Y., both have received 44 inches of snow, while Colden, N.Y., picked up 34 inches and Glenwood, N.Y., received 24.0 inches.

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