Wednesday was brutally cold across the northeastern quadrant of the country, and that cold will persist throughout the weekend for most locations. We’re going to break down the day-by-day forecast through this weekend showing how cold it will get for you.

On Thursday morning, low temperatures for many will only be in the single-digits, teens, and twenties for most locations. On top of that, it will feel ten to fifteen degrees cooler than that when you factor in the winds combined with those chilly temperatures. Temperatures in the afternoon will only peak into the 20’s for most areas of the Northeast.

Friday will be another chilly day with temperatures similar to Thursday. They will moderate a little, especially in the near the Great Lakes and in northern New England. This is because of the first piece of cold air moving offshore and a second one moving in from Canada, reinforcing the cold just in time for the weekend. Thankfully, this second piece of cold air won’t make much of a difference in terms of further cooling the temperatures.

EURO 500 mb Height Anomalies on Friday

So on Saturday, it’s still going to be cold with widespread highs in the 20’s and 30’s, but it will feel much colder than that (ten to fifteen degrees) due to an increase in winds from the second push of cold air from the north. Winds will gust up to 40 mph, so the air is going to bite!

Winds will eventually calm down significantly, so it will not feel as cold, and it will actually be warmer as a ridge begins to move into the Eastern U.S..

EURO 500 mb Height Anomalies on Monday

Highs on Sunday will range from the 20’s to now the 40’s in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley. With this incoming ridge, it will bring in a brief surge of warmer air, especially early next week. That warmth won’t last long, however, because another trough will likely return later next week.


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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