Snow misses us, but prepare for bitter cold temps

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(PIX11 WEATHER CENTER) — Many portions of the tri-state area were spared from accumulating snow Monday morning as cold Arctic air moved southward into the region.

New York City, Long Island, and northwestern New Jersey will see gradual clearing in the morning, with temperatures falling through the teens this afternoon. Snow will linger over central and southern N.J., where Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect through early afternoon.

Snow misses us, but prepare for bitter cold temps

Accumulations will range from one to three inches over Mercer and Middlesex counties and three to six inches for Ocean County and point south in NJ.

An arctic blast will settle in this evening for the entire tri-state area, bringing temperatures that are 20 to 25 degrees below normal. Lows will be near 12 in NYC, with single digits in the suburbs. Gusty winds will create wind chill temperatures that are below zero for much of the area.  This unseasonably cold air will stay in place for Tuesday as high pressure shifts eastward bringing sunny skies.

The good news in that this air mass will not stay in place very long, as high pressure will quickly move offshore on Wednesday bringing a return to milder air. Temperatures will reach the mid-30s on Wednesday and near 40 degrees on Thursday.