For those who are counting, there are 51 days until March 20, the first day of spring.

That's not to say that Mother Nature has been very committed to dealing York County only what is seasonally appropriate. And a second caveat should be issued for any uncooperative behavior from the groundhog expected to emerge in six days.

But hope and a heater might be all Yorkers have to cling to over the next several days as a seemingly relentless cold continues its freeze.

After a couple weeks of some of the coldest temperatures in decades, the mercury will again dip back into the single digits Monday and Tuesday nights.

Gusts as high as 36 miles per hour will make the 2-degree Monday night feel like minus 12.

Tuesday's high will be near 13, with wind chills as low as minus 16. It will be minus 1 overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The last time it was above freezing in York was Jan. 20. That seven-day stretch is the longest freeze since 2003, said Paul Head, a meteorologist with the service.

The blame for the below average temperatures is the polar vortex sitting over Canada, funneling air down into the lower 48 states east of the Rocky Mountains.

The trend usually lasts for about three weeks, Head said, and York County should "probably" have seen the worst of this blast's cold by the weekend.

Friday is the earliest the temperature could break freezing, with a high near 32 degrees. There's a chance of snow and rain Saturday, with a high near 36. And Sunday will bring the warmest weather in more than a week, with a high near 39.

But it could be worse.

The Associated Press is reporting below-zero high temperatures for many parts of the Midwest, where this year's Arctic blasts have left residents perhaps even more winter-weary than York.

Actual temperatures will range from the teens in northern Kentucky to double-digits below zero in Minnesota, but even colder wind chills were expected - minus 43 in Minneapolis, minus 23 in Chicago, minus 18 in Dayton, Ohio, minus 14 in Kansas City, Mo., and minus 3 in Louisville, Ky.