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Bundle up. An arctic air mass being dubbed the ‘Siberian Express’ has descended on much of the central and eastern united states, bringing bitter cold and record low temperatures to several cities.

According to the Weather Channel, multiple cities have seen or are expected to see their lowest recorded temperatures since January of 1994. It started on Wednesday morning, as highs were 30 degrees below average in the midwest. The Twin Cities, for example, reached just two degrees on Wednesday, which is 28 degrees below average. Meanwhile, several parts of the Northeast and Southeast, including Florida, were 10 to 20 degrees below average. Pensacola reached a high of just 53 degrees Wednesday, which is 11 degrees below average.

Things didn’t get any better on Thursday morning. As the Weather Channel notes, the following cities recorded record lows: Chicago (minus 8 degrees), Louisville, Kentucky (minus 3 degrees), Paducah, Kentucky (minus 10 degrees), Lexington, Kentucky (minus 8 degrees), Bowling Green, Kentucky (minus 7 degrees), Greensboro, North Carolina (10 degrees), Nashville, Tennessee (5 degrees – tie), Cincinnati, Ohio (minus 6 degrees), Springfield, Missouri (minus 5 degrees), Asheville, North Carolina (3 degrees) and Lynchburg, Virginia (4 degrees).

Meanwhile, Friday morning could potentially bring daily record lows in cities such as Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C. — where a low of four degrees or colder would result in the coldest temperature since January 1994 — Raleigh, North Carolina and Miami, the Weather Channel reports, with more “heavy snow” expected for parts of New England, the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said.

The ‘Siberian Express’ has been making its way across the North Pole and into North America over the past week, according to the Washington Post.

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