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    Record Cold, Biting Winds Sweep East in Wake of Blizzard

    By by Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    March 26, 2014, 4:44:07 PM EDT

    As a storm develops into a powerful blizzard along the New England coast, frigid air will continue to pour in across the Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic on Wednesday.

    The cold air will make for yet another painful morning in many communities.

    The unusually cold air for late March challenged record low temperatures Wednesday morning from Cleveland to Cincinnati; Pittsburgh; London, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville; Va.; Beckley, W.Va.; and Harrisburg, Pa.

    Record low temperatures were set Wednesday morning in Toledo, Ohio; Macon, Ga., and Detroit. At Toledo the record for the date of 11 F set in 1894 was broken as temperatures dipped to 9 F. At Detroit, the record low of 11 F for March 26 was tied. The temperature dipped to 26 degrees at Macon, Ga., and broke the old record set most recently in 2006.


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    Freezing temperatures dipped into the Deep South Wednesday morning to Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida. The cold could damage some tender plants and blossoms.

    As a major blizzard focuses over Atlantic Canada on Wednesday, the circulation around the storm will create gusty winds and low AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures along the coast from North Carolina to Maine.

    Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution in areas that received rain, wet snow or a wintry mix from Tuesday. Plunging temperatures can cause some surfaces to be icy Wednesday morning.


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    Winds can top 40 mph from the mid-Atlantic to New England coast for a time.

    In some cases the combination of wind, temperatures and other atmospheric conditions will make if feel 20 degrees lower than the actual temperature. In some cases, this will translate to RealFeel Temperatures in the single digits, teens and 20s.

    RealFeel temperatures were hovering around 8 F in Boston Wednesday morning with windswept flurries but were near 0 F on Cape Cod, Mass, where blizzard conditions were occurring. Winds on Nantucket Island, Mass., have been gusting close to hurricane force.

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    Little wind is in store on Wednesday for most areas from the central Appalachians to the Midwest.

    While the March sunshine will allow temperatures to recover a bit during the midday and afternoon hours on Wednesday in the Midwest, Northeast and South, actual temperatures will still average 10-20 degrees below normal.

    Temperatures will take another dip Wednesday night.

    A more substantial temperature rebound is forecast for Thursday into Friday, when temperatures are predicted to reach or exceed normal levels for late March. However, some showers are in the offing.

    Many Locations came within a few degrees of the record low for March 26 on Wednesday Morning

    Location
    Record Low F/Year Set
    Detroit
    11/2001
    Cleveland
    14/2001
    Cincinnati
    13/1955
    Pittsburgh
    13/2001
    Beckley, W.Va.
    10/1955
    London, Ky.
    15/1955
    Nashville, Tenn.
    17/1955
    Birmingham, Ala.
    22/1955
    Charlotte, N.C.
    22/1972
    Raleigh, N.C.
    24/1955
    Harrisburg, Pa.
    22/1955
    Charlottesville, Va.
    24/1974
    Tupelo, Miss.
    22/1955

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