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New York City experiences RECORD March cold as temperatures dip below freezing across Northeast

A sharp southward shift in the US jetstream is making its presence felt in New York City and the rest of the Northeast during the last week of March — with the unusual cold snap that will break record lows for the month reaching levels comparable with the heart of winter.

An arctic cold front coming out of Canada this weekend is sending a wave of frigid winds across the city, according to AccuWeather meteorologists, with temperatures ranging from 24 degrees to 47 degrees Fahrenheit Monday through Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service forecast, the freezing cold in New York City started Sunday night with a minimum of 28 degrees.

Monday will see a high of 33 degrees, with a minimum of 24 degrees, according to the forecast, as office-goers will bear the brunt of the frost in the morning.

Tuesday won’t see much improvement, but temperatures will soar into the low 40s, with a high of 43 and a low of 28 degrees – and sunny skies expected throughout the day.

Meteorologists say frigid temperatures are likely to continue through Wednesday, peaking in the early 1940s.

On Thursday, temperatures are expected to hit 70 degrees — a welcome change for New Yorkers as the cold front breaks.

An arctic front arrived in New York City from Canada Sunday night into Monday morning, potentially bringing one of the coldest March days in the history of the Big Apple on March 28.  The frost is expected to remain in the region until Wednesday evening.

An arctic front arrived in New York City from Canada Sunday night into Monday morning, potentially bringing one of the coldest March days in the history of the Big Apple on March 28. The frost is expected to remain in the region until Wednesday evening.

The cold front will bring temperatures down in several parts of the Northeast, including New York City, New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.

The cold front will bring temperatures down in several parts of the Northeast, including New York City, New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.

However, the improvement in weather conditions will come with a high chance of thunderstorms for the three-state area this weekend.

On average, temperatures in the Big Apple have remained in the 1950s for most of the month as the city felt the first effects of spring in early March.

Boston is also expected to break its record March 28 temperature – 33 degrees, set in March 1893 – on Monday with a low of 20 degrees and a high of 31.

Tuesday should be a lot warmer in Boston with a low of 25 degrees and a high of 40, while Wednesday will approach more typical spring temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s.

Upstate and western New York will also bear the brunt of the vortex, with snow on Monday and a minimum temperature of 18 degrees in Buffalo.

Tuesday should be much warmer in the region, with clear skies and a maximum of 34.

The cold front is forecast to retreat there on Wednesday, with temperatures forecast to reach the mid to high 1940s.

Philadelphia will experience similar conditions to New York City throughout the week, with cloudy skies and temperatures between 22 and 33 degrees on Monday. Tuesday will be sunny with a minimum of 27 degrees and a maximum of 44.

Temperatures in the city of Brotherly Love will be slightly higher than in the Big Apple on Wednesday, with a high of 51 and a low of 45 degrees, although it will remain cloudy in the area.

While no snow is expected in the Big Apple this week, temperatures there will drop to 24 degrees, gradually reaching 40 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday should be a return to spring-like weather with a high of 71 degrees and a low of 52

While no snow is expected in the Big Apple this week, temperatures there will drop to 24 degrees, gradually reaching 40 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday should be a return to spring-like weather with a high of 71 degrees and a low of 52

Fresh snow Monday morning seen from Syracuse, where there could be between 3 and 15 cm of snow towards the end of the frost on Wednesday

Fresh snow Monday morning seen from Syracuse, where there could be between 3 and 15 cm of snow towards the end of the frost on Wednesday

Rochester and other parts of New York state, including Cayuga, Onondaga and Madison counties, will also experience several inches of snow until the cold snap ends on Wednesday

Rochester and other parts of New York state, including Cayuga, Onondaga and Madison counties, will also experience several inches of snow until the cold snap ends on Wednesday

The Tug Hill area, located east of Lake Ontario, and between Oneida Lake, and the Adirondack Mountains, is set to be one of the hardest hit regions in the area, with a total of between two and nine inches of snow falling mid-week.

The Tug Hill area, located east of Lake Ontario, and between Oneida Lake, and the Adirondack Mountains, is set to be one of the hardest hit regions in the area, with a total of between two and nine inches of snow falling mid-week.

The arctic vortex will also bring snow to certain areas of New York state, including Cayuga, Onondaga and Madison counties.

Syracuse, a four hour and a half drive from New York City, could see as much as three inches of snow Monday night. In other parts of New York state, there can be between 3 and 6 inches of snow, with wind gusts up to 40 mph.

Sunday night in the area saw children’s wind temperatures drop to zero to 10 degrees below zero.

According to the agency, an advisory was sent to residents living in Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis counties over the weekend from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday.

The Tug Hill area, located east of Lake Ontario, expects between five and nine inches of snow, according to local weather services.

Wind gusts can reach up to 35 mph in the region, resulting in high winds and piled-up snow.

Winter weather advisories from the National Weather Service are already in effect in New York state this morning, but are expected to decline Tuesday before reintroducing Wednesday

Winter weather advisories from the National Weather Service are already in effect in New York state this morning, but are expected to decline Tuesday before reintroducing Wednesday

The National Weather Service has warned morning commuters about snowy roads and slippery conditions Monday to Wednesday

The National Weather Service has warned morning commuters about snowy roads and slippery conditions Monday to Wednesday

Binghamton will also see snow on Monday with a minimum of 17 degrees and a maximum of 21 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to nearly double on Tuesday with a high of 32 and a low of 18 degrees, while Wednesday will be a mix of rain and showers with a high of 42 and a low of 38 degrees.

The U.S. National Weather Service in the area has warned morning commuters to watch out for icy roads throughout the week.

“Plan for slippery road conditions,” the weather service said. “Areas with drifting snow could significantly reduce visibility.”

Drivers should slow down and be careful, the weather service said, because “periods of snow will result in snowy roads and limited visibility.”

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