After Brief Warmup, Winter to Tighten Grip With Return of Polar Vortex

Friday, Feb 21, 2014  |  Updated 4:44 PM EDT
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A brief warmup to the 50s over the next few days will be followed by another return of the polar vortex to the tri-state area and a chance of snow next week.

Temperatures surged amid gusty thunderstorms on Friday and will be followed by a mild weekend with 51 on Saturday and 45 on Sunday.

But then, the weather turns frigid again.

Temperatures drop into the 30s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and there's a chance of snow Tuesday.

After that, winter will tighten its grip on the region as a swirl of arctic air pushes south again, sending daytime temperatures into the teens and 20s, with single-digit lows at night.

Expect that cold to begin next Thursday into Friday.

The polar vortex is a system that usually stays near the North Pole and Canada, but last month slid south and pushed temperatures to bone-chilling record lows.

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