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Coldest February in 80 Years Likely for NYC After Weekend Freeze



    Late Evening Forecast For Saturday, February 28 2015

    Steve Villanueva's late evening forecast for Saturday, February 28 (Published Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015)

    New York City is closing out what is likely to be the third-coldest February on record on a frigid note, with temperatures struggling to reach the freezing mark.

    And March begins Sunday with a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain, prompting a winter weather advisory for the tri-state region.

    New York City Emergency Management issued a travel advisory for Sunday through Monday morning.

    With Saturday's high reaching 29 degrees and Friday's peak in the five boroughs in the high 20s, it looks as though February is heading for the record books. Storm Team 4 expects it to go down as the coldest February in the city in more than 80 years.

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    The coldest February ever recorded in the city was in 1934, when the average temperature in Central Park was 19.9 degrees. This February is currently tied with February of 1895 for the third-coldest observed in New York City, with an average temperature of 24.1 degrees.

    Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer Sunday, but early sunshine is expected to  give way to increasing clouds over the course of the day and light snow was expected to push into the area in the afternoon, leaving a dusting in New York City and more accumulation to the north. The precipitation is expected to change to a wintry mix and then to rain before midnight. The storm should move away by Monday morning, Storm Team 4 said.

    The first workweek of March will start on a warmer note as highs most of the week climb into the 40s. On Wednesday, the mercury could flirt with the 50-degree mark as rain moves through the region.  

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