Jim Carney

Don’t put away your long johns.

After two blasts of arctic air that sunk temperatures and wind chills well below zero in early January and again this week, another round is coming.

AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette said to look for the next round Wednesday, although the temperature should start to warm up by Feb. 7.

“A relatively quick cold blast,” is how Paquette described round three of extreme cold that is heading to Northeast Ohio this winter.

“It won’t be as intense as the last two,” Paquette said. “It will be cold, windy and it will snow at times.”

Again, he said, the culprit is an arctic area of high pressure that will move into this region from Canada.

National Weather Service hydro meteorological technician Marty Thompson in Cleveland agreed that the coming cold snap will not last as long as the one that froze the region over the past week and shut down schools for as many as four days, or the one that struck in early January.

While it is possible for the temperature to drop to zero or below Wednesday night and next Thursday morning, he said, the cold pattern “doesn’t appear to be setting up shop” here and will not stick around long.

It will be “an in-and-out kind of a deal over a day or two,” he said.

The latest blast of cold air dropped the temperature Wednesday morning to 6 degrees below zero and Tuesday morning to 10 below — with wind chills of 22 below Wednesday morning and 30 below Tuesday morning.

The temperature will warm up today to a predicted high of 26 degrees with an overnight low only dropping a few degrees. On Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts that the temperature will hit 31 and 38 degrees, respectively.

Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com.