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Arctic Air to Return to East, Midwest for Late Week

People across the Midwest and Northeast will be bundling up as the first week of March comes to a close as arctic air returns to the regions.

This push of frigid air should not bring a prolonged cold spell like arctic outbreaks earlier in the season, but will still deliver dangerously cold temperatures to the regions.

The core of the arctic air is expected to focus on the northern Plains on Wednesday, then shift over the Midwest for Thursday before reaching the Northeast by Friday.

High temperatures in the 20s and teens will be common as the arctic air shifts over the regions with even lower RealFeel® Temperatures.

Wednesday night is expected to be the coldest night across the Midwest with low temperatures within a few degrees of the zero-degree mark in Detroit and Chicago, and dropping well below zero F in Minneapolis.

While not as extreme, Thursday night's lows are forecast to drop into the single digits across much of the Midwest and interior Northeast with some spots dropping below zero F.

Temperatures this low can make outdoor activities dangerous during the early morning hours.

Anyone that must spend time in the outdoors in the harsh cold should wear multiple layers, hats and gloves to stay warm.

This shot of frigid air will be quick to depart as temperatures will begin to moderate heading into the weekend.

Although highs are still forecast to remain below normal on Saturday and Sunday, they will not be nearly as low as over the weekend, making it feel comparatively warmer.