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Cold Blast to Avoid NYC Until Next Week

While blustery winds will howl on Christmas Day, New York City will continue to escape more typical winter cold until next week.

Drier air will work into the New York City area on Christmas Day, replacing the soaking rain and flood threat from Christmas Eve.

Blustery winds will usher in the drier air, gusting to 45 mph at times and creating significantly lower RealFeel® temperatures.

Minor tree damage and sporadic power outages can result.

Some residents may find it hard to believe that Thursday is actually Christmas Day with arctic cold and snow missing, and that will be the theme right through this weekend.

Contrary to Christmas Eve, Friday and Saturday will be great for travelers and shoppers.

Some residents and visitors may want to take advantage of the mild temperatures these days and spend some time outdoors. This includes for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium late Saturday.

Temperatures are set to rise to around the 50-degree mark, which would be about 10 degrees higher than highs that are more common for late December.

The holiday weekend will end on a damp note on Sunday when a cold front swings through with a bit of rain. The day will be far from a washout with limited travel delays.

The front will open the door for seasonably colder air to return on Monday. Even colder air will likely plunge in as 2014 transitions to 2015. meteorologists will be monitoring the possibility for a winter storm to usher in the midweek cold blast.