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‘Bomb cyclone’ snowstorm ushers in frigid blast with minus-50 wind chills in places

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A major cold blast is moving in behind the “bomb cyclone” snowstorm that battered the East Coast this week, shuttering schools and halting travel.

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Cold blast

Now, with the storm gone and arctic air moving in, wind chills this morning were in the minus-teens in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., and fell to the 20s even in Tampa.

Dillon Utter loses control of his sled while sliding down a hill on Fort Monroe Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Hampton, Va. Virginia has been socked by a powerful winter blast of snow and cold thats seldom seen along its coast. (Jonathon Gruenke /The DaThe Associated Press
Dillon Utter loses control of his sled while sliding down a hill on Fort Monroe Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Hampton, Va. Virginia has been socked by a powerful winter blast of snow and cold that’s seldom seen along its coast. (Jonathon Gruenke /The Da

The core of the coldest air will swing through the Northeast by Saturday morning with wind chills approaching minus 50 in some areas.

Wind chill readings could dip to minus 20 or below in New York and New England over the weekend. Even Atlanta will be in the single digits.ABC News
Wind chill readings could dip to minus 20 or below in New York and New England over the weekend. Even Atlanta will be in the single digits.

From Washington, D.C., to Boston, wind chills on Saturday morning will be well below zero.

PHOTO: A man walks across Boston Common following winter snow storm in Boston, Mass., Jan. 5, 2018.Brian Snyder/Reuters
A man walks across Boston Common following winter snow storm in Boston, Mass., Jan. 5, 2018.
PHOTO: A woman wearing googles walks through the snow, Jan. 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
A woman wearing googles walks through the snow, Jan. 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.

Wind chills will dip below zero even in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Warmer air is coming

For anyone sick of the extreme cold, there’s some good news starting next week.

Many areas from the Midwest to the Northeast will see temperatures warm to above freezing for the first time in weeks. And as we move into the middle and second half of the month, there is a trend showing a prolonged January thaw.

In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting that most of the country will have above-normal temperatures from Jan. 13 to Jan. 26.

The extended forecast shows a much-needed warming trend over the eastern half of the United States.ABC News
The extended forecast shows a much-needed warming trend over the eastern half of the United States.

Shoveling out from the ‘bomb cyclone’

The storm tore through the Northeast on Thursday, with blowing snow and gale-force winds.

PHOTO: A wave crashes over a homes on Lighthouse Rd. as a massive winter storm begins to bear down on the region, Jan. 4, 2018 in Scituate, Mass. The bomb cyclone was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm moved up the east coast.Scott Eisen/Getty Images
A wave crashes over a homes on Lighthouse Rd. as a massive winter storm begins to bear down on the region, Jan. 4, 2018 in Scituate, Mass. The “bomb cyclone” was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm moved up the east coast.

The strongest wind Thursday was 76 mph on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, saw a gust of 71 mph.

Thursday’s storm brought serious coastal damage and flooding to southern New England with massive high-tide levels in the Boston area.

Boston broke its record for its highest tide on Thursday, beating an old record from 1978, the National Weather Service said.

PHOTO: The Boston Fire Department shared images of Neponset Circle firefighters rescuing a driver who was trapped by rising water in Boston, Jan. 4, 2018.Boston Fire Dept.
The Boston Fire Department shared images of Neponset Circle firefighters rescuing a driver who was trapped by rising water in Boston, Jan. 4, 2018.
PHOTO: Residents are evacuated as flood waters rises as a massive winter storm bears down on the region, Jan. 4, 2018 in Scituate, Mass.Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Residents are evacuated as flood waters rises as a massive winter storm bears down on the region, Jan. 4, 2018 in Scituate, Mass.

The biggest snowfall was in Bangor, Maine, which got 18.3 inches.

Staffordville, Connecticut, saw 16 inches.

New York City’s Central Park had 9.8 inches of snow, while Logan International Airport in Boston was blanketed with 13.2 inches.

Public schools in New York City, Boston and in many other districts around the region were closed Thursday.

PHOTO: A pedestrian braves the cold in New York City, Jan. 4, 2018. Alba Vigaray/EPA
A pedestrian braves the cold in New York City, Jan. 4, 2018.

Before the storm reached the Northeast, it ripped through the Southeast on Wednesday, bringing more snow to parts of the South than in nearly 30 years.

Rockyhock, North Carolina, had a full foot of snow.

Charleston, South Carolina, saw 5.3 inches — the most snow since 1989, when the city had 6 inches.

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