When will the Northeast see temperatures above freezing again?

Not until at least after next Wednesday.

From the National Weather Service, NYC office’s forecast discussion

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=OKX&issuedby=OKX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

THE BIGGEST ISSUE TO DEAL WITH OVER THIS TIME-FRAME WILL BE THE
VERY COLD TEMPERATURES...WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM
15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FROM FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY. DURING
THIS TIME...EVEN THE WARMER AREAS IN AND AROUND NEW YORK CITY WILL
STRUGGLE TO REACH 20 DEGREES AND OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL LIKELY DIP
INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS EACH NIGHT OVER THE WEEKEND IN THE
CITY...AND LIKELY DROP TO AT OR BELOW ZERO OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.
THIS... COMBINED WITH PREDOMINANTLY WINDY CONDITIONS WILL RESULT
IN DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
NIGHTS...WITH WIND CHILLS OF 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO.
THERE WILL BE THREE CHANCES FOR SNOW DURING THIS TIME. THE FIRST
WILL BE THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT WITH A CLIPPER TYPE SYSTEM.
THE LOW QUICKLY INTENSIFIES OFF THE COAST THURSDAY NIGHT...
BUT....KEEPS THE HEAVIER PRECIPITATION OFF TO OUR
EAST. EXPECT 1-2 INCHES ACROSS WESTERN SECTIONS AND 2-4 EAST WHERE
THEY COULD REMAIN ON THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPITATION SHIELD A BIT
LONGER.

THE SECOND OPPORTUNITY WILL BE OVER THE WEEKEND...WITH ANOTHER
CLIPPER TYPE SYSTEM THAT INTENSIFIES AS IT REACHES THE MID-
ATLANTIC COAST...THIS SYSTEM WILL HAVE THE
POTENTIAL TO BE A LITTLE MORE SUBSTANTIAL. THIS HAS
THE POTENTIAL TO BE A MORE SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM FOR OUR AREA THAN
THE ONE THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT.

THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY WILL BE AT THE TAIL END OF THE FORECAST
PERIOD NEXT TUESDAY. [warm air comes] UP ALONG THE
EASTERN SEABOARD AHEAD OF A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ALONG
THE GULF STATES. THIS WILL RESULT IN A WARMING TREND...BUT WE
START OUT SO COLD THIS WEEKEND THAT IT WILL STILL BE COLD ENOUGH
FOR SNOW AT THE ONSET.

Boston?

Don’t ask….from the Boston NWS office….

.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
*/ HIGHLIGHTS...

 - TEMPERATURES AVERAGING BELOW-NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE FORECAST
 - WINTER STORM NUMBER 1: THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY
 - WINTER STORM NUMBER 2: SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY

What more could you ask for?  (At least there’s a high amount of uncertainty about how bad these storms will be….so far.)

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