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By Kate Bilo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Monday night around 11:30 p.m., the temperature at the Atlantic City Airport dropped to 2 degrees, setting an all-time record for the month of March (previous record low in was 3 set back in 2009). Wilmington, DE also set a daily record low for March 3rd.

Winds have died down this morning and temperatures continue to plummet to near-record levels around the region, leading to a frigid Tuesday morning.

And it won’t get much better in the afternoon! It’s a bright day, but temperatures will be running around 20 degrees below normal through the afternoon. Our only saving grace will be that the winds die off by afternoon, so wind chill values will not be as harsh.

Late this week, a strong system will form off the coast of the Carolinas and try to move north, but all guidance looks to push it out to sea and keep any impacts for our area limited at best. Portions of South Jersey and Delaware could get brushed by this system late Thursday with light snow or rain, and we can’t rule out showers making it further inland, but we aren’t expecting any major impacts or problems with this system.

Finally by the start of the weekend, temperatures will try to return to normal levels, as we shoot for 50 on Saturday with some sunshine! And don’t forget, Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend, so we set those clocks ahead Saturday night into Sunday morning – this means sunset will be in the 7 o’clock hour! Our progress is slow, but we are creeping ever closer to spring. And a Twitter friend reminded me yesterday that today is 4 months from July 4 – just think, in no time at all we’ll be watching fireworks and sweating in the summer heat.

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