Forecasters are looking at high temperatures close to normal starting on Sunday, but until then, the frigid temperatures will continue into Saturday.
Wind chill values will make actual temperatures slightly above zero degrees feel 20-30 degrees colder than they are. The high Saturday is expected to be around 11 degrees and wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour are possible at any point into the evening, though the winds will die down overnight, Quinlan said.
A wind chill advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday.
The cold snap should start to fade on Saturday. This will begin as light snow/flurries mainly north of I-64 before transitioning to a wintry mix containing snow, sleet, and freezing rain by 2 AM.
But don't celebrate yet - this heat wave may also come with an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice, according to a National Weather Service alert issued Saturday. There's a slight chance of rain or snow showers after midnight but Danielson said it won't amount to anything.
The record precipitation total on January 3 was 0.70 inches in 1906.
Some areas of New Jersey were blanketed Thursday with as much as a foot of snow, and a few places got buried under as much as 15 to 18 inches, according to preliminary snowfall totals reported by the National Weather Service.
The record snowfall on January 3 was 8.3 inches in 1971.