East Coast set for wickedly cold weekend of sub-zero temps

  • AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek Bill Abee of Morganton, N.C., photographs a frozen over High Shoals Falls at South Mountains State Park on Friday in Connelly Springs, N.C. The 60 foot waterfall is frozen over as a result of below freezing temperatures.

  • Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP Pat Metheny, 35, of Botetourt County, climbs his way up Crabtree Falls in Nelson County as his friend Greg Martin, 45, of Roanoke County, stands below on Friday afternoon in Nelson County, Va.. Metheny, started ice climbing in the early 2000’s when a group of friends introduced him to the sport. The last time Metheny ice climbed was two years ago at Crabtree and Cascade Falls.

  • Ken Blevins/The Star-News via AP Cylie Echols pushes Matt Caracciolo down a small hill as they enjoy another day of sledding, Friday in Leland, N.C.

  • Ken Blevins/The Star-News via AP Cylie Echols pushes Matt Caracciolo down a small hill as they enjoy another day of sledding, Friday in Leland, N.C.
  • Vicki Cronis-Nohe/The Virginian-Pilot via AP Brielle Ashley is bundled up a she waits as her children and “grown man-child” sled down Sandee Crescent in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday.

  • Michael Greenlar/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP A man crosses E. Washington St. in downtown Syracuse, N.Y. Friday.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The East Coast is expected to feel more like the Arctic tundra in places this weekend, with wind chills in some parts of New England making it feel like minus 50 degrees.

Temperatures will reach close to zero from Philadelphia to Boston into Saturday night with wind chills making it seem as low minus 10 degrees to minus 20 degrees. Even more temperate locations won’t escape the cold, with the mercury dipping into the single digits in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., over the weekend.

The wind chills could bring jaw-clenching temperatures further north. The National Weather Service says people living near Vermont’s mountains could experience what seems like minus 50 degrees.

More seasonable weather is expected to return next week with temperatures in the high 30s and near 40s.

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