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Following Brief Northeast Warm-up, More Bitter Cold Comes Next Week

By By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
January 26, 2011, 6:08:52 AM EST

Many people across the Northeast endured their coldest morning in two years or more with temperatures dropping well below zero from West Virginia to Maine early Monday. More cold shots in coming weeks could be just as bad, if not worse.

While a several day warm-up is now kicking in, another bitter cold snap is on the way early next week. Another one that follows later next week could rival the brutal cold blast the region just experienced Monday and over this past weekend.

If that news weren't bad enough for people sick of the cold, more cold waves are expected to continue hitting areas from the Midwest into the East through at least mid-February.

These upcoming cold shots could help make this winter, for the nation as a whole, the coldest since the 1980s, according to AccuWeather.com Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi in his Rest of the Winter Forecast.

Starting with the good news, however, warmer air will spread through the Northeast over the next few days. Temperatures from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon will make a 40-degree jump in many places.


Widespread highs in the 30s are forecast from Pittsburgh, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y., to Boston and New York City for much of the rest of the week. Farther south, people in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and even Philadelphia will have highs in the 40s for several days.

AccuWeather.com Staff Writer Gina Cherundolo said, "Compared to the subzero temperatures we've been having, highs in the 30s will feel like a breath of fresh air."

However, relief from the bitter cold will be brief. More cold air will pour into the Northeast Sunday into the early part of next week.


Temperatures are expected to tumble once again Sunday into Monday across the Northeast with lows dipping below zero in areas from New York state into New England.

This cold blast will first sweep through the Midwest earlier in the weekend.

Another cold shot expected to follow late next week and next weekend could be even more brutal, rivaling the last cold blast that dropped temperatures well below zero in the Northeast Monday morning. The core of this arctic outbreak would affect major cities from the Midwest into the Northeast.

Keep in mind that long-range temperatures (more than a week out) in your local forecast may not be cold enough for these outbreaks. This is because long-range local forecasts are based on computer models, which often have a difficult time catching extreme cold in the lowest levels of the atmosphere.


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