- 10:42 ET, Mar 25 2022
- Updated: 10:48 ET, Mar 25 2022
The polar vortex or “wall of wind” coming from the North Pole is expected to plunge temperatures down to potentially 20 degrees Fahrenheit below average, AccuWeather reports.
The polar vortex is reportedly weakening due to strong high pressure in the North Pole, and as the strong winds weaken, they often migrate southward to Canada and then later to the US.
These polar winds are expected to bring unseasonably cold weather both this incoming weekend and also later in April.
“While this may not be the final blast of winterlike cold for the Northeast, it will certainly pack some punch,” Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather Brett Anderson said.nThe first abnormally cold weather peak is set to come early next week.
Temperatures are likely to be in the 30s in Boston and New York City, near 40 in Philadelphia, and mid-40s in Washington DC.
While it is getting late in the season for heavy snowfall, meteorologists say there are also chances of wintry precipitation in some areas.
“As the cold air passes over the open waters of the Great Lakes, there will likely be widespread rain and snow showers reaching well to the south and east,” Anderson said.
“While most roadways will just be wet, bursts of locally heavier snow in the higher elevations may make for difficult travel at times due to poor visibility.”
Experts believe that warm weather will follow after this initial cold spell, but the jet stream may bring more cold weather in early April.
The chill following any cold fronts looks to be normal or unremarkable for the middle two weeks of April, but there is the risk for more jet stream dips with bigger cold shots later in April or early May and that could then set the stage for late-season frosts moving forward in the Northeast,” AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.
This comes as heavy rain and strong winds batter Central Florida before moving into the Gulf of Mexico.
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