Northeast braces for dramatic temperature drop, South digs out of heavy snow

The South is recovering from heavy snow and freezing rain that hit the region.

— -- The relatively brief reprieve the Northeast enjoyed from the bitter cold is coming to an end.

Winds are easing somewhat in the Northeast, allowing actual temperatures to drop even lower on Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. The actual temperatures will be near zero for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. A word of caution: Wind Chills in some spots will be 10 to 20 degrees lower than that.

A significant storm bringing heaving snow, freezing rain, sleet, and heavy rain blanketed parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley on Friday, moved into the Northeast on Friday night and will head out of the U.S. by late Saturday morning. The storms caused numerous impacts on area roadways, creating a messy and dangerous Friday across parts of the region.

Only a few or more inches of snow are expected from Pennsylvania to Maine, with locally over six inches of snow in northern New York State and Vermont.

This storm is bringing much colder air behind it. Temperatures are more than 40 degrees colder in spots than they were 24 hours ago. Saturday morning, it will feel like 60 degrees in Boston, but only 34 degrees in New York, and -2 degrees in Cleveland.

Later Saturday and tomorrow a significant cold blast will overtake much of the eastern U.S. It will be much colder in New York and Boston Sunday morning. With area roadways wet on Saturday, some areas of black ice could develop.

The good news is, this cold blast is not looking like it will stick around too long. In fact, a more mild pattern looks to be in the forecast for the second half of January.

Sunday is looking cold, but rather quiet across much of the nation. A nice break after a turbulent week across much of the country.

Our next system develops in the central U.S. late Sunday night into Monday. At first the system looks to bring a quick hit of snow along a cold front across parts of the south-central U.S., Great Lakes Region and into the Tennessee Valley again.

The system will be monitored as it evolves as it heads towards the East Coast for mid-week. At this point, it is too early to determine, what, if any, impacts this system could have on the East Coast. However, period of unsettled weather certainly seems likely by Wednesday.