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Bitter Cold Blast Grips N. Plains to Northeast

UPDATED 7:45 AM CST, February 27, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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Another Arctic blast is piercing the U.S. northern tier while the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast see even more below-normal temperatures. The cold blast will continue full throttle to the end of the work week and even into early March.

Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories stretch from North Dakota through the Great Lakes, and even into western New York and Pennsylvania. In the Upper Midwest it has been another brutally cold morning. In fact, wind chill values of 25 to 35 degrees below zero stretch from North Dakota to Michigan`s Upper Peninsula this morning.

Temperatures will continue to trend well-below average with highs ranging from the negative single digits to around 10 degrees above north of Interstate 94 to the teens in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Even worse, overnight lows will dip into the minus-20s near the Canadian border to the negative teens in places like Minneapolis and Green Bay, Wis.

Even the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast won`t catch a break from the Arctic chill. Although not as cold as the Upper Midwest, temperatures from Washington, D.C., to Boston will stay well-below average this week. Morning lows will drop into the teens with afternoon highs in the 20s and 30s for the Nation`s Capital and Philadelphia. This is a far cry from the average low in the lower 30s and afternoon high around 50 degrees. Boston will see a similar trend, just a notch colder with teens in the morning and 20s in the afternoon.

Adding salt to the wound will be a period of gusty winds that will accompany low pressure sliding from the Great Lakes to the Northeast today. Gusts could reach 40 mph at times from the Northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, causing frigid wind chill values.

Temperatures will begin to moderate this weekend along the East Coast as the Arctic high slides off the coast and allows a southerly wind component to warm temperatures closer to average.

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