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Springtime temperature swing to freeze, then thaw the Northeast this week

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 25, 2019, 2:47:49 PM EDT

The chill that descended upon the northeastern U.S. this past Saturday is being reinforced early this week, but relief is on the horizon.

"We are heading back to a round of below-normal temperatures early this week as another chilly air mass slowly builds across the Northeast," AccuWeather Meteorologist Maggie Samuhel said.

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According to Samuhel, the period from Monday night through Tuesday will be the coolest part of the week.

Along with clouds and some wet weather across the southern Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic, it will feel especially raw in these areas.

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For most, temperatures are forecast to fall into the teens and 20s by early Tuesday morning, even as far south as Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio.

For anyone heading to work, school or out for a workout, it will feel more like midwinter.

Tuesday will start out cold but also sunny in part of the Northeast, following some rain from Monday night in the part of the mid-Atlantic for at ime. Despite temperatures up to 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit below average, it can feel like a more normal spring day in the sunshine with higher RealFeel® Temperatures.

"This air mass is going to modified and we are heading into the end of March, so it’s not quite as cold as previous air masses," Samuhel said.

Chill then Warm NE

According to Samuhel, warm-weather lovers will need to hold out until the middle of the week, when a surge of milder air is expected to creep up the East Coast.

High temperatures on Wednesday will be 10 to 15 degrees higher than on Tuesday for many, with another 5-degree jump expected on Thursday and again on Friday.

By the end of the week, temperatures will be in the upper 50s, 60s and even the 70s in the Midwest and Northeast. Despite increasing clouds on Friday and a stormy weekend outlook, this will likely mark the beginning of more permanent springlike temperatures.

Temperatures may hit 80 for the first time this year in Washington, D.C., and other locations in the coastal mid-Atlantic.

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