By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 13,2017, 2:56:33PM,EDT
Winter’s revenge shows no signs of releasing its grip on the eastern United States as widespread, bitter cold will follow the early week major nor’easter.“Winter will hold a tight grip on the Northeast in wake of the significant snowstorm early this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido said.
A fresh blast of arctic air will plunge southward in the wake of the nor’easter, encompassing nearly the entire eastern half of the nation by midweek.
Highs at midweek will be held below freezing throughout the Great Lakes and Northeast. Temperatures will not rise out of the lower and middle 20s F in the Appalachians, including in Binghamton, New York, and Burlington, Vermont.
“Factoring in the wind, cloud cover and other variables, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees lower than the actual temperature,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.
Winds will gust between 35 and 45 mph in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. In addition to forcing residents to dress for harsh mid-winter conditions, the winds will blow and drift snow left by the nor’easter.
Blowing snow will create headaches for crews by covering roads already cleared. Motorists may also face reduced visibility. The winds may lead to minor flight delays, further complicating airlines' efforts to get back on schedule.
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As the cold winds blow, lingering snow over the Appalachians will be enhanced downwind of the eastern Great Lakes with the potential for significant additional accumulations, squalls and more travel hazards.
Snow showers and flurries may also occasionally streak east of the mountains. There could be enough snow showers to once again coat roads and create slippery spots on untreated surfaces around the Washington, D.C., area, especially on Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The cold will not be confined to the Northeast. Temperatures will be held 10 to 20 degrees F below normal southward to Tampa and Orlando, Florida.
Wednesday could be the coolest day for Jacksonville, Florida, since late January.
At night, subfreezing temperatures will encompass the South, southward to the I-10 corridor and even to Ocala. Where fruit tree blossoming has begun, significant damage to the crops can occur.
Pipes that are above ground could freeze and burst. Leaving the water drip might be enough to prevent costly damage and repairs.
Midweek will feel more like the dead of winter with Nashville; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; and Jacksonville, Florida, among the many communities that will challenge record lows.
However, freezing temperatures are not expected to dip to the citrus regions.
“The freeze will stay in the northern part of Florida, where there is not commercial citrus growers,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler said.
While the harsh cold will slightly ease by the weekend, the stage could still be set for snow to return to a part of the Northeast. Another shot of cold may then plunge into the Northeast next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Joshua Wade ·
Then what's next, an Arctic April? I will not be surprised if not only will March 2017 go down as even colder than March 2014, but April 2017 will be the absolute coldest April on record. Not going to be surprised if April 2017 turns out to be colder than February 2017, or perhaps even colder than the average February.
Zack Hodgson ·
This needs to be the last time cold air comes into the eastern US until just before Halloween. Starting next weekend, dry warm weather needs to seize control and be sunny at least 90% of the time until late Fall with no sustained wet periods in the eastern US until about the 2nd week of November.
Zack, we have had enough sunny , dry, and hot the last few years. need to go back to SUMMER when i was younger, temps were up and down , sometimes rain for weeks, the season lasted 4 month tops, by early September you were in jackets and sweaters.MOTHER NATURE needs to bring that balance back!
i am loving this! after having to listen to all the heat lovers premature celebrating when it was 70 degrees here in New England, winter has saved the best for last! by the time all the warmsies wake up from the cold coma it will be august!
Nick Varnalis ·
One more week and warmer Temps are on the way.
Why did you delete the comment about the cold weather posted from the post-er "Brooklyn Yeti" ?? ....Read some of the other comments people have made in response to this post... This isn't really an intellectual conversation among meteorologist grad-students... It's Social Media! -- Why Bother to Censor for no reason?
Violet J. Tolia Willis ·
This is the fourth consecutive cold spring in Maine . . seems to be a trend . . . and if anyone says it is "Weather" . No global warming here . . and it is needed at this point . . .
I guess because your tiny pocket of the world is cold that debunks global warming, despite the average global temperature constantly rising. I don't understand this logic. Last few years the northeast has been the only part of the globe to have below average temps, and at times we are colder than the arcitic circle, but if you think our corner means more than the rest of the planet, and that the sudden extreme coldness has nothing to do with it, I don't know what to
Brian Rolph ·
Have you guys considered venturing over to Ireland? It's actually lovely here right now