A wild, winter storm along the East Coast has finally moved on, but the brutal cold is only getting worse, with a new surger of bitter arctic air set to drive temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below average from the Great Lakes to most of the Northeast.
The National Weather Service says highs Saturday will be in the single digits across the lower Great Lakes down into Ohio, and coastal New England, and readings in the teens likely from Washington, to New York City.
Worse, temps are expected to plunge overnight to zero over most of New England, and perhaps even down to 5 to 10 degrees into North Carolina.
The National Weather Service says temperatures in the Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts could seem like a frosty minus 35 degrees, parts of New Hampshire and Maine could experience minus 45, and Vermont’s mountain regions could feel like minus 50 degrees.
The new arctic blast is moving in as areas along the Massachusetts coast are still coping with the after effects of a “bomb cyclone” of winter weather — reaching hurricane-force levels in some areas — that pushed tides to record levels around Boston and left ice mounds in downtown streets.
In Duxbury, Mass., fire hydrants were locked in ice almost to the top while residents were forced to leave their seaside homes as the tides moved in, CBS Boston reports.
The frozen seawater was only the start for the region, as towns like Stoughton and Lincoln were digging out from at least 17 inches of snow.
In Gloucester, dozens of residents who left their cars at the local high school watched as a the storm-driven tides swallowed them up, the Boston Heraldreports.
“The flooding happened in 6 minutes. People didn’t have time to get their car by the time they heard about it,” said Alisha Elwell, whose car was swamped by icy saltwater halfway up the windows. “There was a Honda Civic parked behind me. You couldn’t see it. It was just gone.”
As the new cold air pushes in from Canada, forecasters warn of freezing rain or drizzle in the Eastern states early next week, from the southern Appalachians and Piedmont areas to the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and the upper mid-Atlantic coast.
That would bringing dangerous travel conditions to cities like Pittsburgh; Roanoke, Va., Charleston, W.V. Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; and New York City.
“While heavy precipitation is not anticipated by the storm at this time, it just takes a small amount of ice to make roads and sidewalks a skating rink,” according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.