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Incoming Wave Of Cold Arctic Air Is Expected To ‘Rewrite The Record Book’ For Low Temperatures

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Michael Bastasch Contributor
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Millions of northeasterners can expect record low temperatures on Friday and Saturday after Winter Storm Grayson passes by. That’s when another wave of Arctic air is expected to rush into the region and keep temperatures low.

Daytime temperatures are expected to break records this weekend as cold sets in, plunging into the teens and single digits from Virginia to Maine. Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said the brutal cold will “rewrite the record book” for low temperatures those days.

The forecast wave of Arctic air is expected to be about five to 10 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the one that hit around New Year’s Eve. Upstate New York is forecast to see temperatures plunge as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Below zero temperatures are also expected from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C.

“After a brief moderation from the cold at midweek, more bitter cold and downright harsh air will return,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

However, there is some respite on the horizon, according to Elliott. A winter storm may force colder temperatures northward into Canada early next week — though frigid cold is expected to return shortly after the storm passes.

Snow began to fall in northern Florida on Wednesday morning as the storm moved east, threatening Georgia and the Carolinas with one to three inches of snow. The “bomb cyclone” is expected to move off the New England coast and dumb about a foot snow on Boston and surrounding areas.

Schools and businesses have shut down in preparation for Grayson’s damaging winds and storm surge. Officials have warned residents to stock up on supplies and prepare for power outages. Roads will be icy and drivers should take caution, officials warned.

At least eight deaths have been blamed on record cold temperatures in the eastern half of the U.S.

Midwesterners have seen temperatures plunge to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and many areas from coast-to-coast are suffering through at or below freezing temperatures.

East Coast residents can expect to see heavy snowfall, frigid temperatures and strong winds over the next two days, Maue said.

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