Bitter blast of cold air dominating Midwest and Northeast ahead of new year

Another blast of even more frigid cold air is on the way for the Midwest and eastern U.S. after a week of already brutally cold temperatures for the eastern half of the nation.

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Wind chill warnings, advisories and watches have been issued for a large portion of the nation, including a stretch of the central Plains and Midwest. Wind chills in northern Minnesota and North Dakota Saturday morning could be as low as minus 50 degrees.

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Wind chill advisories are in place across much of the Great Plains and Midwest, as well as northern New York and New England.

The core of this cold air will slide south and east on Sunday spreading into the Northeast and Southeast.

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Much of the eastern half of the country is experiencing a brutal cold blast on Saturday morning.

As we ring in 2018, it will feel very cold for a majority of the country. It will feel like single digits all the way into the Tennessee Valley and minus 30 in the upper Midwest and Northern Plains.

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Wind chills when the new year hits will be well below average across much of the country.

Some locations will see the coldest New Year’s Eve in nearly 50 years. It will feel like the single digits nearly the entire day on New Year’s Eve. The temperature is forecast to be 11 degrees in Times Square at midnight. The wind chill will be minus 5, making it one of the coldest New Year’s Eves on record for New York City. The coldest temperature observed during the ball drop in Times Square was 1 degree, with a wind chill of minus 18, in 1917.

Should the temperature be 11 degrees at the time of the ball drop, it will tie for the second-coldest all-time — set in 1962.

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The temperature in Times Square could tie for the second-coldest New Year’s Eve ever.

There is also an area of light snow moving out of the Midwest on Saturday morning, and across the…

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