It may be almost March, but the brutally cold winter appears unwilling to release much of the nation from its icy grip.
Yet another Arctic blast was already descending on two-thirds of the country early Friday, with meteorologists predicting everywhere east of the Rockies except for Florida would be 10 to 30 degrees below average.
Subzero temperatures were expected from interior New England to the Upper Midwest and forecasters said dozens more daily records were likely to tumble.
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"We're almost into March now so it's pretty late to see this kind of cold," The Weather Channel's Michael Palmer said. "The cold this February has been brutal, and there doesn't look like there will be any let-up until late next week."