The combination of the wind and cold will make it “feel like” its either in the single digits–above or below zero! The winds are going to diminish Friday evening, but the combination of a clear sky, less wind and a generous snow cover will make the actual temperature drop to between 5 or 10 degrees below zero in the typically colder spots and the single digits above zero in the larger cities and towns. Depending upon the location, most thermometers will register their lowest readings since 2011 or 2012. The morning of Jan. 24, 2011 is a “key date” to remember: Actual lows included 6 degrees in New York’s Central Park, 8 at both Philadelphia’s International Airport and BWI Marshall and 4 degrees below zero at Allentown, Pa.(ABE). Record minimum temperatures for most of these locations on Jan. 4 are below zero, and they occurred in 1918. Even if we don’t see any records broken, Friday will be one of the coldest this region has had in quite some time!

The weekend should get off to a sunny start Saturday as temperatures start to bounce back a bit–although probably not fast enough for most people’s liking. Since there should be much less wind than Friday, temperatures mainly in the 20s Saturday afternoon will not “feel as harsh” as what we’re going to experience Friday.

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