Tweets are flying this morning with the hashtag #itssocold as the northern part of the U.S. battles biting chill.
It may be no surprise that South Floridians are taking note of the difference in temperatures between upstate New York and the Florida Keys.
Even the National Weather Service office in Key West got into the act, pointing out the 105-degree difference between Key West and Watertown, N.Y.
The NWS in Miami had to weigh in also, with University of Miami’s Brian McNoldy adding to the friendly meteorological snark.
Politico reporter Marc Caputo in Miami justified his “lol” tweet yesterday about the northern chill by saying he still has a hole in his roof from Hurricane Irma.
As high pressure dominates the Northeast behind a Yuletide tempest that dumped 5 feet of snow in Erie, Pa., peak temperatures today in New York City will remain in the frigid 20s. Wind chill values of between 0 degrees and minus-5 were expected overnight into this morning.
In the Washington area, the high today is forecast to reach just 26 degrees, with an overnight low of 19. The normal daytime high in D.C. for this time of year is 44 degrees, with a low of 30 degrees.
Meteorologists in the New York City office of the National Weather Service ended their Wednesday forecast with two words: Stay warm!
In Mount Washington, N.H., it was -31 degrees at nearly 8 a.m. this morning.
Cities as far south as Nashville and Atlanta will feel temperatures more than 20 degrees below what’s normal for this time of year. Times Square could be as cold as 11 degrees Sunday night, New Year’s Eve.
“People will need to bundle up with all their winter gear in order to stay warm,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.
Forecast models were still in disagreement Wednesday about what kind of chill South Florida may feel from the cold blast.
The official forecast calls for a cool-down Monday night to 58 degrees with a high Wednesday of just 67 in West Palm Beach.
“That’s a heat wave up here,” said Charlotee Steria, manger of the Steelhead Lodge on the Salmon River in Pulaski, N.Y. “I don’t even know if we get to that over the summer.”
Forecast temps today:
New York, N.Y. — High of 22, low of 12
Boston — High of 11, low of 0
Washington — High of 26, low of 19
Chicago — High of 16, low of 9
Richmond, Va. — High of 29, low of 17
Jacksonville — High of 55, low of 44
Stuart — High of 77, low of 62
West Palm Beach — High of 77, low of 67
Miami — High of 78, low of 68