NYC braces for 5F temperatures this weekend as the polar vortex temporarily dips south – but there’s STILL no snow on the way after a record stretch without the white stuff
- Temperatures are due to drop to near zero Friday and remain into Saturday
- By Sunday the extreme cold is supposed to be replaced by mid-40 temperatures
- NYC has gone its longest without measurable snowfall as of January 30
New York City is preparing to face a blast of freezing temperatures as a polar vortex is forecast to dip south and consume the city over the weekend.
Temperatures are due to hit just six degrees on Friday night, near zero Saturday morning, and highs during the day sitting in the mid-twenties.
Despite the cold, snow is not expected in the city over the weekend or in the near future at all. Just this week, NYC broke its record for the longest winter without a measurable snowfall.
Freezing forecasts come just a day after the city experienced spring like temperatures on Monday, with New Yorkers frolicking without coats in balmy 50-degree sunshine.
Get ready! The forecast for the northeast looks frigid with temperatures set to plummet as low as -8F in Portland, Maine, and Burlington, Vermont
Cold air is forecast to move into New York City over the weekend and send temperatures plunging
The National Weather Service advised that ‘dangerously cold air’ is expected to arrive in NYC, Connecticut, and New Jersey by Friday.
It warned that wind chills on the coast could plummet to between minus 10 and 20 degrees.
‘A piece of the tropospheric polar vortex has decided to come visit us on Friday,’ New York Metro Weather tweeted Tuesday. ‘Some guidance indicates that temperatures could fall near 0° F in parts of the NYC metro on Saturday morning.’
Relief comes quickly, however, with temperatures due to jump back to the mid 40s by Sunday.
A snowless New York City last week, shortly after the first flurry of the season
People walk on the Upper West Side on January 29, 2022 in New York City. A powerful nor’easter brought blinding blizzard conditions with high winds causing widespread power outages to much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast. There was a State of Emergency declared for New York City. But the weather looks starkly different this year
A woman and child play in the snow on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, on February 18, 2021
While there’s still no snow in the forecast for NYC, the white stuff has been falling elsewhere in New York this winter. Pictured: Cars make their way through tree lined streets after an intense lake-effect snowstorm that impacted the area on November 20, 2022 in Buffalo, New York
NYC broke records yesterday by holding out until January 30 without a measurable snowfall.
Despite a handful of flurries, the city has yet to see even a tenth of an inch of snow – the lowest accumulation deemed measurable.
The previous record was set in 1972 when the city held off until January 29 without a snowfall.
It’s expected the snow drought will continue, with nothing the only thing forecast to come from the clouds in the near future being some rain expected next week.