Too COLD New England braces for wind chill of 50F below zero…

  • Major arctic outbreak could bring sub-zero temperatures over the weekend
  • New York City cancels annual Ice Festival due to freezing weather  
  • States in Midwest and Northeast are bracing for worst chills of all winter
  • Subzero winds will blast New England, NYC and Philadelphia on Sunday
  • The wind chill in parts of New England will be 40 to 50 degrees below zero 
  • But weather experts say the rest of the winter will be warm as of Monday

Those planning to spend their Valentine’s Day outdoors will have to bundle up, as it will likely be the coldest one on record for much of the Northeast.

Temperatures will dip so low, it will be too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival.

The Central Park Conservancy says Saturday’s event has been canceled due to the weekend’s major arctic outbreak, which could bring sub-zero temperatures as 20 states in the Midwest and the Northeast brace for possibly ‘life-threatening’ wind chills, according to The Weather Channel.

In the eastern half of the country, a dip in the jet stream is making way for an arctic air mass to drop in from Canada, causing temperatures to plunge below zero, with wind chills of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

The wind chill will be so severe in parts of New England, it is expected to be 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, according to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen

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The Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Midtown, New York, has begun to freeze over due to the cold

The Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Midtown, New York, has begun to freeze over due to the cold

Jacob Donahue, 34, (pictured) cleans snow from his car before going to work on Friday in Erie, Pennsylvania

Jacob Donahue, 34, (pictured) cleans snow from his car before going to work on Friday in Erie, Pennsylvania

New Yorkers are bracing for the freezing Valentine's Day winter weather as temperatures prepare to drop in to the single digits

New Yorkers are bracing for the freezing Valentine’s Day winter weather as temperatures prepare to drop in to the single digits

Across New England, wind chills of 20 to 40 degrees below zero are expected.

The arctic blast begins today when temperatures in the Midwest will plunge below zero and stay there until President’s Day, according to forecasts.

As the weekend arrives, the arctic blast will head east causing temperatures to drop at least 30 degrees below normal, ABC News reported.

On Saturday, record-cold is possible across the Great Lakes region – which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota – as temperatures in the afternoon remain in the single digits and the teens throughout most of the day.

Lake-effect snow could be triggered in the Great Lakes area, which comes when moisture in warmer lake waters mixes with cold air from the north, causing upward of two to three inches of snow an hour, according to CNN.

‘Depending on where you are, if you’re just south or north of this lake-effect, it can look like a wall of snow is coming down,’ CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

And in New York City, a 100-year-old record could be broken if temperatures drop below two degrees.

In Buffalo, New York, a record-low maximum temperature of zero degrees is forecasted for Saturday afternoon with the record being five degrees, set back in 1899.

Homeowners in Scranton, Pennsylvania, awoke to find their homes covered in ice yesterday after a pipe burst overnight spraying water up to 20ft in the air in freezing temperatures

Homeowners in Scranton, Pennsylvania, awoke to find their homes covered in ice yesterday after a pipe burst overnight spraying water up to 20ft in the air in freezing temperatures

Icicles were left dangling from tree branches and power lines while the sidewalk and properties were covered with a thick layer of ice before crews could shut the water off at around 3pm yesterday 

Icicles were left dangling from tree branches and power lines while the sidewalk and properties were covered with a thick layer of ice before crews could shut the water off at around 3pm yesterday

With temperatures expected to remain well below freezing until at least Tuesday next week, it is unlikely that residents will be able to hack their properties free any time soon

With temperatures expected to remain well below freezing until at least Tuesday next week, it is unlikely that residents will be able to hack their properties free any time soon

Debbie Crosswell is bundled up as she braves below freezing temperatures and wind during her walk along Howard Avenue in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on Thursday

Debbie Crosswell is bundled up as she braves below freezing temperatures and wind during her walk along Howard Avenue in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on Thursday

Shar Horton, of Syracuse, scrapes ice from the windows of her car visiting a friend in Utica, NY, on Thursday

Shar Horton, of Syracuse, scrapes ice from the windows of her car visiting a friend in Utica, NY, on Thursday

Jake Cote, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, delivers mail along in Utica, NY, on Thursday

Jake Cote, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, delivers mail along in Utica, NY, on Thursday

The West Coast is currently enjoying a warm blast blowing up from the southern hemisphere, and the East Coast is getting hit by a cold blast coming down from Canada. But by Monday, both jet streams will break down

NORTH EAST: A snow storm in Philadelphia on Wednesday sent a utility pole crashing down on a highway

Firefighters from the Erie, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Fire prepare to leave the scene after checking on the occupants of a sedan that spun out in snowy conditions on Wednesday on the Interstate 79 northbound 

A woman walks down the street in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Monday during a snowstorm

A woman walks down the street in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Monday during a snowstorm

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