Even though we are one week away from the Winter Solstice, the astronomical start to the winter season, it will feel like it’s mid-winter instead of mid-December for Thursday and Friday.
Not only will it be noticeably cold for Thursday, we also couple it with a northwesterly wind. With high temperatures tomorrow only rising into the lower 20s for southern New England, teens for northern New England, wind chills will range from just below zero to single digits.
The coldest air arrives Thursday night into Friday morning, with wind chills dropping well below zero, likely in the 15 to 20 degrees below zero range, through Friday morning as actual temperatures dip into record-territory in the single digits.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to take precautions during the extreme cold, including wearing layers if you must go outside.
Power outages are also possible as sustained winds top 20-30 mph with locally higher wind gusts (especially closer to the coastline), so now would be the time to make sure your holiday decorations are secured on your lawn or porch, or even bring them indoors to keep them from blowing away.
Late Friday night into early Saturday morning, system snow will be knocking on our doorstep. This will move in from west to east, with rain mixing in along the southern coast and into Boston as the wind shifts from the south by the afternoon.
With that wintry mix Saturday, roadways will become snow-covered and slick, so take it slow on your weekend travels.
Snow could become heavy at times for southern Vermont and New Hampshire, similar to what we saw with Monday’s system, produce snowfall amounts close to what we saw earlier this week.
Sunday still has the threat of snow showers in the morning, with a changeover to scattered rain showers, with high temperatures into the 40s.
Another cold front knocks our temperatures down into the upper 20s to start off the following work week.