The year will come to an end with a fresh blast of arctic air plunging into the Midwest and Northeast, setting up a frigid start to 2014.
The arctic blast will arrive after temperatures briefly east in a west-to-east fashion across the Midwest and Northeast Friday through Saturday and heavy rain and a snowstorm invade the East Coast this weekend.
The next arctic blast will drop into the Midwest over the weekend before making those in the Northeast shiver early next week. More waves of cold will follow for the start of 2014.
The impending cold wave could lead to multiple subzero days for the Upper Midwest with a return of Tuesday morning's brutally cold air.
Some places will even turn colder than Tuesday morning, especially where snow continues to cover the ground.
Northern New England may also have to endure an entire day of subzero temperatures, while a stretch of highs mainly in the 20s is likely in store for the I-95 corridor from New York City to Boston to Portland.
The South will also turn colder next week, but the dramatic departures from normal that was experienced in November will not be repeated.
Despite the cold being in place, AccuWeather.com Lead Long Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok does not expect a major winter storm to unfold next week.
"The weather pattern from next Monday through Thursday will yield multiple lighter snow events that track from eastern Montana to the Midwest and Northeast," Pastelok stated.
"Each snow event will not produce a lot of snow but still enough to cause slippery spots."
Pastelok does anticipate a major East Coast winter storm to unfold around Jan. 6-8, but a noticeable change in the weather should follow.
After a quick blast of arctic air in the storm's wake, the weather pattern should transition to one with fewer cold shots and storms for the Midwest and Northeast.
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