A rapid surge of arctic air will invade the region Thursday night, potentially delivering some of the coldest temperatures in years.
As the impending snowstorm hits its peak Thursday night and disrupts travel, temperatures will plummet quickly into Friday morning, the National Weather Service advises in its latest forecast briefing.
“Subzero wind chills are likely late Thursday night into Friday across the area. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be mainly in the single digits, with subzero temperatures in the Poconos and northern NJ,” the briefing states.
“This is likely to be the coldest weather for much of the Northeast since January 2009,” notes AccuWeather.com meteorologist Bernie Rayno.
Hypothermia will be a “significant threat” for anyone outdoors between Thursday night and Friday night, the National Weather Service warns, adding:
Roadway chemicals lose effectiveness as temperature get colder. Many locations will be in the teens on Friday as the snow ends.
Water pipes may freeze & burst with the very cold temperatures expected at sunrise Saturday.
Temperatures will rise to more manageable levels Saturday night (20s) into Sunday (40s), according to the National Weather Service.
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