By Eliana Dockterman
February 19, 2015

Meteorologists are predicting parts of the eastern United States could experience historically low temperatures over the next few days thanks to a cold spell called the “Siberian Express.”

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center details that temperatures in the upper and middle Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley, all the way to the Carolinas and lower Great Lakes, will be 25 to 45 degrees below average. That could mean record-low February temperatures for Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia.

The air responsible for the shift has been traveling in from Siberia, over the North Pole and down into North America over the past week.

According to the Washington Post, the nation’s capital didn’t drop below 6 degrees last year. But this week, the region’s NWS office noted that Washington, D.C.’s temperature may fall below zero for the first time since Jan. 19, 1994.

The center also expects more “heavy snow” for parts of New England, making for unwelcome news after successive storms dumped several feet of snow in the region over the last few weeks.

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