The coldest Arctic blast in seven years is expected in the US this weekend

“Very dangerous arctic air” will sweep the US Northeast and Great Lakes region on Friday and Saturday (Image: AP)

An Arctic blast forecast to be the coldest in seven years is heading towards parts of the US this weekend.

The frigid air will sweep across the Northeast Friday through Saturday. Freezing temperatures are expected by Saturday morning, at levels not seen since Valentine’s Day 2016, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures in the Northeast and Great Lakes region could drop as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average. Weather Channel meteorologist Domenica Davis noted “very dangerous arctic air with wind showers in parts of northern New England set to drop to minus 50 degrees.”

It’s going to be “dangerous weather,” Fox Weather meteorologist Jason Frazer said.

“We’re going to end up getting a huge jump in the jet stream that’s going to end up releasing all this cold air out of Canada,” Frazer said.

Wind chills of minus 30 can freeze skin in five minutes, and wind chills of minus 50 can freeze skin in two minutes, NBC Boston reported.

It is recommended to stay indoors on Friday evening and Saturday morning to avoid frostbite.

The wild chill readings are expected to taper off by midday on Saturday.

“The good news is that it’s short-lived,” Davis said. “So temperatures are recovering through Sunday and we’ll continue to see relatively mild air into next week and we’ll likely see average or above average temperatures in February.”

Temperatures should be above freezing by Sunday.

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