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Spring Chill Grips Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

UPDATED 7 AM EDT, May 14, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Mother Nature is bringing a taste of March into the Great Lakes and Northeast this morning. Temperatures are not only cold enough to produce frost that is endangering the early growing season but this air mass is setting record lows in a few places.

High pressure centered across the Great Lakes and Tennessee Valley will drift toward the Atlantic Seaboard. Clear skies and calm winds are common this morning, allowing nighttime lows to bottom out near or below the freezing mark from New England into the Appalachians.

Freeze Warnings continue from western Virginia into the eastern Great Lakes, with Frost Advisories across eastern Ohio and central West Virginia and along the Interstate 95 corridor from southern Virginia to New England. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Harrisburg, Pa., Albany, N.Y., Hartford, Conn., and Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston`s western suburbs are included in these advisories.

Temperatures are already down to 26 degrees in Seneca, Penn., and Friendsville, Md., with Rome, Penn., at 25 degrees. Pittsburgh dropped to 30 degrees as of 6 a.m., tying the record low of 30 degrees set in 1996. Harrisville, R.I., has fallen to the freezing mark, while Purcellville, Va., is 30 degrees. LaGuardia Airport in New York City tied its record low for the day of 45 degrees, originally set in 1987.

The same air mass moved across the warm Great Lakes Monday, producing a record trace of snow in Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y.

Temperatures will be chilly once again today with 50s and 60s expected by afternoon. Overnight, a warm front will scoot across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, keeping temperatures much warmer with 40s and 50s instead of 20s and 30s. Behind this warm front, temperatures will jump about 20 degrees from today`s highs, returning temperatures to the 70s and 80s on Wednesday. There is even a threat for a few late-day severe thunderstorms in the northern Mid-Atlantic Wednesday.

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