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Record Cold Freezes Midwest, Up and Down Eastern Seaboard

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The inlet part of Pier 92 in New York City along the Hudson River is frozen over with a thin layer of ice. (Anthony Behar/Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 20 Feb 2015 12:13 PM

A polar vortex of Arctic air surged through the eastern United States on Friday, creating near or all-time record cold temperatures all over the Midwest and Eastern seaboard.

The same weather pattern has left a big upper left ridge over the western United States, keeping the West Coast, Great Basin and desert Southwest with warmer and drier than normal temperatures for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service.

"Cleveland broke its all-time record low for the month of February when the thermometer bottomed out at 17 degrees below zero on Friday morning," wrote Angela Fritz of the Washington Post. "The new record surpassed the previous by one degree, set more than a century ago on Feb. 10, 1899. Many record lows for the date have been set in major cities in the eastern U.S., including New York, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Miami."

Tampa set a new record low of 34 degrees on Friday for Feb. 20, breaking the old record from 1960, Bay Area 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez told the Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg just missed by one degree tying a record low of 39 degrees, which was set in 1958.

Many counties in northern Florida registered lows in the 30s and around the freezing mark Friday morning, including New Port Richey, which reached a low of 29 degrees.

USA Today reported the polar vortex's reach into the southern U.S. had it warmer in Anchorage, Alaska, at 25 degrees, than it was in Atlanta this morning, which had a low of 15.

"Highs on Friday will struggle to get out of the teens from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic region," reported the National Weather Service. "After Friday, temperatures are forecast to moderate and get closer to February averages as a storm system approaches from the west."

The National Weather Service said that a low over the southern plains will pick up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and bring rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow into the South, and the Ohio Valley on Friday night. The weather service added that more sleet and freezing rain from Missouri to northern Georgia will change over to rain later Saturday.

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