While the weather next week will stop well short of balmy warmth in most areas of the Midwest and East, the pattern expected will yield less extreme cold.
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "It's not going to get warm from Chicago to New York City, but more typical winter temperatures are in store."
Following a couple of episodes of cold air through this weekend, temperatures will moderate to the 20s and 30s in the swath from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic for most days next week.
"It should be much less painful as a result," Abrams said.
The cold this week has been brutal over much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plunged to minus 40 F from Minnesota to upstate New York and northern New England during the middle of the week.
Even in the southern cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Birmingham, Alabama, RealFeel Temperatures dipped below zero for a time Wednesday into Thursday.
While temperatures stopped short of record low levels in most areas, a few daily record lows were matched or broken from Vermont to North Carolina.
Temperatures dipped to minus 1 F In Boston on Thursday morning, making it the city's coldest morning since Jan. 24, 2011.
Following less extreme cold next week, temperatures may further moderate later in the month.
Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather expert long-range forecaster, and his crew anticipate a flow of mild Pacific air across much of the nation to set up during the third full week of January.
"A brief shot of chilly air would follow a storm along the East Coast around Jan. 15," Pastelok said. "The mild air would expand eastward from the Midwest spanning Jan. 17-23."
Such a pattern with a fast flow of air from the Pacific Ocean might mean a return of storms with rain and mountain snow to the Northwest and part of California during the latter part of January.