The Tri-State area woke up to unusually warm conditions and extremely dense fog Monday morning, but starting this afternoon bitterly cold temperatures and dangerously low wind chills will be moving in from an arctic blast from the North Pole that is being described as a "polar vortex."
Meteorologist Ryan Maue from Weather Bell said (via the New York Daily News), “All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak."
According to ABC 7 Meteorologist Bill Evans, most of the area will be in the 30s by the evening commute with temperatures dropping into the single digits later tonight and some subzero temperatures in rural areas. Add in the windy conditions and it could feel like zero to 25 degrees below zero later tonight and early Tuesday morning making for dangerously cold conditions. The National Weather Service has already announced some Wind Chill Advisories for parts of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
The bitterly cold temperatures should continue through Tuesday with temperatures starting to creep up to a high of 25 on Wednesday and 34 on Thursday. By Friday the area could see highs back up to 40 with even warmer temperatures expected for the weekend.