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Cold Expected to Spread Over Midwest, Northeast Next Week

February 20, 2014

Copyright 2014 Bloomberg.
Brian K. Sullivan

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Temperatures across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast will plummet through next week and the cold will linger through the start of March, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodities Weather Group LLC.

For the Midwest and Great Lakes region, including Chicago, readings are expected to fall 15 degrees Fahrenheit (8 Celsius) below normal from Feb. 24 to 28, said Rogers, based in Bethesda, Maryland. In the Northeast, temperatures are forecast to be at least 8 degrees lower than the norm.

"The overnight modeling mostly strengthened next week’s cold outbreak, especially for the Midwest, also for the Deep South and East Coast at times," Rogers said. "We now have two days with sub-zero low temperatures for Chicago, which is impressive since the calendar is about to roll forward into March."

Below-normal temperatures in the high-population areas of the Northeast and Midwest boost energy demand as homes and businesses seek heat. Power generation accounts for 32 percent of U.S. natural gas use, according to the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s statistical arm. About 49 percent of all homes use the fuel for heating.

Lower temperatures will persist from March 1 to March 5, with readings of about 8 degrees below normal from the Great Plains to the Northeast, Rogers said. Cold is also expected across much of Ontario.

Before the chill arrives, this weekend will be warmer across the South and Northeast.

The high temperature in New York on Feb. 21 is expected to reach 55 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Readings of 50 may be recorded in Boston, 57 in Philadelphia and 61 in Washington. Atlanta is expected to reach 71 today and 74 tomorrow.


--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Margot Habiby

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

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