The arctic blast that smashed hundreds of records across the nation since Veterans Day was easing Thursday, but a return to normal November temperatures remained days away, forecasters said.
Almost 400 daily cold records, including record lows and record-cold high temperatures, have been set or tied this week, said Marc Chenard, a forecaster for the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.
"From a standpoint of breaking records, the front has passed," Chenard told USA TODAY. "But most of the Midwest and East won't see temperatures returning to normal before next week."
Temperatures will recover across the eastern USA for the next couple of days, but readings will remain below average for November, the National Weather Service said.
Chenard said about 370 records have been set since Monday.
"We have broken records all the way from Texas to the northern Plains to the East Coast, he said. "The geographic area and duration make it a rare event."
Temperatures in several major cities – such as Detroit, Cleveland, Nashville and Birmingham, Alabama – fell this week to lows not seen since a similar cold blast in November 1911, AccuWeather said.
Paul Walker, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said a second front could break additional records in New York state and New England this weekend. Snow showers are possible as the front rolls through, the weather service said.
AccuWeather meteorologists said the extreme nature of the cold weather is forecast to ease during the upcoming week.
"A southerly breeze on the back side of the large Arctic high pressure system will warm the Plains into the Midwest beginning the week of Sunday, Nov. 17," said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather's lead long-range meteorologist.
Instead of temperatures that are 25 to 30 degrees below average, temperatures will be 4 to 8 degrees above average in portions of the central USA by early next week.
The moderating trend will spread into many of the Eastern states next week.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Arctic blast eases after hundreds of records set