Brrring it on! Polar Vortex set to return

Posted at 6:22 PM, Feb 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-20 21:30:54-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Colder temperatures will return as the jet will allow arctic air to return to the northern third of the United States. While it won’t be as intense as the event in January, temperatures will be below where they should be for this time of the year.


Before that even comes, weather that could be potentially dangerous in the near future will affect the east coast heading into the weekend. A warm front will lift through the area allowing temperatures to hold steady or even rise for the night. With the southerly flow and light winds, dense fog could develop later tonight. Visibilities could be less than a ¼ mile. Travel will be quite difficult especially for the morning commute.


A cold front that is currently producing life threatening weather in the Ohio and Mississippi Valley with numerous tornadoes will sweep through our area tomorrow during the afternoon. Showers along with a few gusty thunderstorms will be possible. Southerly winds will allow temperatures to rise into the 50s before the frontal passage. The combination of the snowmelt, ice jams and the potential for heavy rain will allow the possibility of flooding. For this reason, flood watches have been issued for parts of New Jersey.


For next week, polar air will mark its return to the Northern United States. Daytime temperatures in the city could struggle to go beyond freezing by the second half of the weekend. Overnight lows in the upper teens will be a possibility. Only to add insult to injury, there is a chance of a coastal storm to form and affect us on Wednesday. With arctic air in place, we may have to deal with some snow.