New York’s weather this winter seems to have been all over the place; Christmas felt nearly tropical, the rain was torrential in the early part of January, but then a couple weeks ago a record-breaking snowstorm hit. And now, the Polar Vortex is set to sweep into New York City this weekend, getting ready to ruin your Valentine’s Day. It will be sending down frigid air southward, from beyond the borders of Canada. Some of this air will be sliding directly southward from eastern Canada, avoiding any warming effects on the mild waters of the Great Lakes.
A polar vortex is a storm typically centered near the North Pole, and tends to keep the coldest air trapped in the north of Canada. This storm will occasionally weaken or shift enough to allow for frigid air to plummet southward into the US. After a month with temperatures averaging 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, temperatures for this weekend will be falling to 10-20 degrees below normal, possibly going down 30 degrees. After climbing to 38 degrees later today, the temperature is set to plummet dramatically; temperatures for Friday and Saturday morning will be around the teens, and Sunday morning could see temperatures down to five below.
Cold air will be tough for any New Yorkers spending time outdoors and not properly dressed. Some things to worry about include frostbite, hypothermia, the bursting of unprotected pipes, water mains and battery failures in vehicles. While New England will be get hit harder than New York, that’s not to say that Gotham won’t be cold. Yet much like Jonas, this weather will leave just as soon as it came. Temperatures might get as low as all of last winter, but the cold air isn’t likely to linger.