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Wednesday
Jan082014

End of Frigid Polar Vortex Is Near

ronstik/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Relief is on the way for those in the middle of the polar vortex, but that blast of dangerously cold arctic air hasn't faded out quite yet.

Wind Chill Advisories remain in effect for parts of the Midwest, Northeast and even central Florida on Wednesday.

Since Sunday, hundreds of record lows have been broken in 30 states as a result of the frigid air -- the coldest arctic outbreak since January 1994. Chicago saw a record low of -16 degrees, while 4 degrees was reported in both New York City and Philadelphia. Further south, the temperature dropped to 6 in Atlanta and 19 in Pensacola, Fla.

The coldest wind chill, meanwhile, was recorded in Montana, where it felt like -63.

But all those record lows will be a thing of the past come this weekend, when temperatures are expected to rise considerably. Chicago is forecast to be in the upper 30s on Saturday and Sunday, a 40- to 50-degree rise from Monday’s record low of -16. In New York City, the temperature will soar to 56 degrees on Saturday, while Atlanta will jump to 63 degrees that day.

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