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Record Cold, Biting Winds to Sweep East in Wake of Blizzard

As a storm develops into a powerful blizzard along the New England coast, frigid air will pour in across the Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic into Wednesday.

The cold air will make for yet another painful morning in many communities.

The unusually cold air for late March will challenge record low temperatures Wednesday morning from Detroit to Cleveland; Cincinnati; Pittsburgh; London, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Charlotte and Columbia, S.C.; Charlottesville; Va.; Beckley, W.Va.; and Harrisburg, Pa.

Freezing temperatures will dip into the Deep South Wednesday morning to Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida. The cold could damage some tender plants and blossoms.

As a major blizzard focuses over Atlantic Canada on Wednesday, the circulation around the storm will create gusty winds and low AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures along the coast from North Carolina to Maine.

Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution in areas that received rain, wet snow or a wintry mix from Tuesday. Plunging temperatures can cause some surfaces to turn icy Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Winds can top 40 mph from the mid-Atlantic to New England coast for a time.

In some cases the combination of wind, temperatures and other atmospheric conditions will make if feel 20 degrees lower than the actual temperature. In some cases, this will translate to RealFeel Temperatures in the single digits, teens and 20s.

Little wind is in store on Wednesday for most areas from the central Appalachians to the Midwest.

While the March sunshine will allow temperatures to recover a bit during the midday and afternoon hours on Wednesday in the Midwest, Northeast and South, actual temperatures will still average 10-20 degrees below normal.

Temperatures will take another dip Wednesday night.

A more substantial temperature rebound is forecast for Thursday into Friday, when temperatures are predicted to reach or exceed normal levels for late March. However, some showers are in the offing.

Record Lows to be Challenged Wednesday Morning

Location
Record Low F/Year Set
Detroit
11/2001
Cleveland
14/2001
Cincinnati
13/1955
Pittsburgh
13/2001
Beckley, W.Va.
10/1955
London, Ky.
15/1955
Macon, Ga.
28/2006
Nashville, Tenn.
17/1955
Birmingham, Ala.
22/1955
Charlotte, N.C.
22/1972
Raleigh, N.C.
24/1955
Harrisburg, Pa.
22/1955
Columbia, S.C.
25/1983