January-like Cold to Grip Midwest, East Through Midweek

By , Senior Meteorologist
March 24, 2014; 12:03 PM ET
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January-like cold will persist across the Midwest and East through the middle of this week. The cold will set the stage for more snow.

A cold front has erased the warmth from last Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures into Wednesday will be more appropriate for January across the Midwest and East and will allow snowfall in some communities.

Temperatures will average 15-30 F below normal in many locations from Fargo, N.D., Minneapolis and Chicago to Charlotte, N.C., New York City and Boston.

Duluth and International Falls, Minn., will experience multiple days with highs in the 20s and lows near zero or below this week.

Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago will have multiple days with highs in the 30s or lower through midweek.

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As cold air lingers, a storm threatens to bring some snow and wind to portions of the North Central states Wednesday night into Thursday.

Cold air will hold its ground in the Northeast until after a blizzard affects part of the region at midweek.

Highs are forecast to be in the 30s around New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh on multiple days through Wednesday.

Wednesday will feel even colder than Monday across the Northeast as blustery winds howl on the storm's back side.

The cold threatens to cause problems for outdoor high school and collegiate sporting events.

"The cold could force the cancellation or postponement of some scheduled events," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Doll.

Temperatures are forecast to rebound to seasonable levels later this week over much of the Midwest and Northeast.

However, the cold this winter has taken a toll on consumers, businesses, schools and government from the standpoint of heating home and work areas.

According to a report issued by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), the increased demand for and tightening supplies of heating fuels have pushed prices significantly higher this winter.

The Northeast was 13 percent colder, the Midwest and South were both 19 percent colder and the West was 5 percent warmer than last winter as of mid-March.

Units used to measure heating demand, known as heating degree days (HDD), were 13 percent higher than last winter and 10 percent above the October through February 10-year average on a national basis the EIA stated.

The number of HDD for a particular date and location can be found by taking 65 F minus the day's average temperature. For example on a particular day, if the high temperature was 40 F and the low was 20 F, the average temperature was 30 F; 65 minus 30 equals 35 HDD.

At Chicago, the 30-year average of the number of HDD from Oct. 1 to March 23 is 5,268. From Oct. 1, 2013 to March 23, 2014, Chicago has had 6,149 HDD or 881 HDD above average.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.


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