Source: AccuWeather.com

More persistent cold is expected to hold strong through at least the middle of February across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country, according to Joe Bastardi, AccuWeather.com chief long range forecaster. Bastardi also expects wintry events to last into April in some areas, which would be longer than last year.

Based on what is predicted for the rest of the season, Bastardi also says that this winter could end up being the coldest for the nation as a whole since the 1980s. 

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