Temperatures on East Coast will inch up after arctic blast

Freezing Temperatures
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NEW YORK (AP) - The blast of arctic air that is freezing portions of the East Coast has broken cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida.

Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with Burlington falling to minus 20, beating a 1923 record by a degree and Portland recording minus 11, also a degree below a 1941 record.

The National Weather Service said records were also set in Worcester, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and Hartford, Connecticut. Boston tied an 1896 record.

In Elkins, West Virginia, the thermometer dipped to minus 14 Sunday morning, breaking the previous record of 12 below.

The good news is a warm-up is on the way.

By the end of the week, the mercury could climb into the 50s in some parts.

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