Ithaca, N.Y. — March, unfortunately, is beginning to look like February.

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Sub-zero temperatures are expected to return to Ithaca tonight — with a low of -2 degrees expected Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

“Arctic air has once again descended over our region,” the NWS said, “And not just us, but over a large chunk of the U.S. east of the Rockies. For example, different parts of Louisiana at 35 and 73 degrees at the same time.”

“With our wind out of the northwest (where all the cold air is coming from), temperatures are not going anywhere today. Lows tonight in Central NY/Northeast PA will be near or below zero.”

Looks more like below zero.

Here’s the NWS briefing for Ithaca, which suggests a wind chill value as low as -9 degrees for Thursday night:, at least, gives a sunnier view for the days moving forward:

“This cold snap won’t last long,” Glenn Coin reported.

Temperatures will return to near-normal over the weekend. Syracuse could even see two consecutive days above freezing, which hasn’t happened since Jan. 18-19, according to weather service records.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.