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Hans Reichstetter, cofounder of Griz Coat, wearing a polar-bear coat in Central Park
Photograph: Melissa SinclairHans Reichstetter, cofounder of Griz Coat, wearing a polar-bear coat in Central Park

A polar vortex will arrive in New York just in time to ruin April

By Tolly Wright
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April: The month when New Yorkers don floral dresses and sunglasses, reveal their bare legs and joyfully skip to work. The month when we don't even consider making brunch reservations anywhere without a patio or roof. The month when not even a groundhog’s shadow has the power to prolong the winter.

Or so we thought.

Enjoy the next two days of warm weather–rainy and overcast though they might be–because come Saturday, the Polar Vortex strikes again! This time, it’s coming for spring. Arctic winds, the archenemy of picnickers and shorts-loving city dwellers, are blowing in over the Great Lakes from Canada and won’t let up any time in the 10-day forecast.

While the temperatures won't plunge to February’s tundra-like lows, the weather will swing drastically from the 70-degree high on Friday to a high of 44 degrees on Sunday and low of (brace yourself) 21 degrees. All this after New York broke record highs on March 9th, and a few of us overly-optimistic New Yorkers threw our heavy sweaters under the bed for storage.

Guess we should change that age-old saying to "April icicles delay spring bicycles." 

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