‘Life Threatening’ Polar Vortex to Bring Coldest Temperatures in More Than a Decade to Northeast

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Forget the Valentine’s Day roses if you’re stuck in the Northeast this weekend — give your loved one a sweater instead.

They’ll need it.

A “life threatening” icy blast is expected to put a big chill on the romance for millions of Americans with the coldest temperatures to hit the region in over a decade, forecasters warned Friday.

The National Weather Service said the mercury will start dipping Saturday, but the coldest air would not arrive until Sunday morning — with several cities facing the prospect of subzero temperatures.

Boston’s forecasted low of 2 below zero looked relatively balmy compared to the outlook for minus 9 in Hartford, Connecticut. Albany was forecast to experience minus 10, with minus 11 possible in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to The Weather Channel.

While New York City has not expected to see sub-zero temperatures, the for forecast for Saturday night is a frosty 1 degree, according to the National Weather Service. That would match the coldest temperature in New York City this century. It hasn’t sunk to zero since Jan. 27, 1994.

“For people stepping outside on Sunday morning, it’s going to be like walking into a freezer,” said Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer. “This will be the coldest air for more than a decade for much of the Northeast.”

Wind chills are expected to plummet 20 to 40 degrees below zero across the region, with the National Weather Service issuing a patchwork of warnings and watches. It said conditions “will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Alexander Smith and Corky Siemaszko