7:00 AM | **A reinforcing Arctic blast arrives tonight and temperatures will again drop into the low single digits; snow likely Saturday and another threat Monday before yet another massive cold air outbreak for Tuesday/Wednesday**
Partly sunny, bitter cold, snow showers possible late this afternoon, highs only able to make it to near 20 degrees
Snow showers possible early then mostly cloudy with more unreasonable cold, lows drop to the low single digits
Mostly sunny, bitter cold, upper teens
Brutal cold with partly cloudy skies, lows not far from 10 degrees
Mostly cloudy, cold, but not as harsh, some snow likely with an inch or two possible, low 30’s
Partly sunny, breezy, bitter cold, near 20
Mostly cloudy, cold, but not as harsh, chance for snow, upper 20’s
Partly sunny, windy, more incredible cold, mid-to-upper teens
You know you have an extremely cold air mass when schools in Vermont are delayed due to cold conditions. That is the case this morning as temperatures are brutal from New England to Florida with temperatures ranging from 30 below in Pittsburg, New Hampshire to 32 degrees at Daytona Beach, Florida. In fact, this cold is so extensive that there are currently winter storm warnings in places like Houston and Galveston in Texas with frozen precipitation expected there in the near term. Elsewhere, the ice cover on Lake Erie is now at 94% which is the highest amount at this time of year in almost 20 years.
Around here temperatures this morning are generally in the low single digits and a reinforcing Arctic blast will ensure more low single digits for lows late tonight which would be the third night in a row featuring that kind of bitter cold - a rarity indeed for these parts. An Arctic frontal system will usher in this latest in a series of bitter cold air masses and it could touch off some snow shower activity late today and early tonight, but it shouldn't amount to much. Another Arctic front arrives later Saturday and snow is likely in the region with an inch or two possible. After a frigid Sunday, another Arctic front will approach the region on Monday and that could help to generate a storm near the Mid-Atlantic coastline so snow is possible and there is some potential with the Monday system. Following that system, an absolute brutal air mass that had its origins in Siberia will invade the central and eastern US next Tuesday and Wednesday with some incredible cold.
Any good news...Phillies pitchers and catchers report in 20 days.