If the present forecast holds true, this will be the third-coldest New Year's Eve ball drop in New York City since the event started in 1907. Additional wind chill advisories may be issued later in the week, between Thursday and Monday. The record for Bridgeport is 24 degrees, set in 1960.
For Salisbury, expect a low of 13 degrees Wednesday night, and sunny skies Thursday but a high of only 27.
The weather service's regional office in Mount Holly, which oversees most of New Jersey, as well as eastern Pennsylvania, is forecasting less than 1 inch of snow for northern, central and southern sections of the Garden State on Saturday.
For south Alabama the weather service said depending on the timing the precipitation could become mixed Sunday night into Monday morning, however as of Tuesday forecasters were leaning toward the idea that the moisture will be gone before the coldest air arrives. This may bring a few flurries or a snow shower to the area later in the day, mainly across the Poconos, but no real accumulation is expected as the energy from this disturbance fizzles out over Pennsylvania.
However, temperatures are expected to dip over the weekend, with highs reaching 45 degrees on Saturday and lows dipping to 24 degrees. Overnight lows will be in the single digits, perhaps below zero in the normally colder locations. NYE (Sunday) high temperatures will be limited to the mid 20s. Temperatures should hover at between the mid-30s and low-50s. High pressure will keep the sky mainly clear so we should see plenty of sunshine. It'll feel much better outside even though temperatures will remain below normal. The longest deep freeze on record lasted 19 days and that was in December 1989!
The record stretch of consecutive subfreezing days at Newark is 16 days, set in January-February 1961.
Below-average temperatures are forecast through Wednesday.