Freezing rain, sleet in possible forecast for Thursday afternoon, evening

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If our forecast verifies, we are on track to set new records for the "coldest high" temperature for December 28. This, along with winds gusting past 25 miles per hour, creates a wind chill factor of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Daytime temperatures in New England are not expected to rise out of the 20s all week, forecasters say.

Such conditions can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Clouds will be on the increase tomorrow, high temperature is back up into the teens. Winds will likely ramp up later next weekend due to that offshore coastal storm, and it's not inconceivable to have wind chills near or below zero when the ball drops New Year's Eve.

Tuesday will start out cold with lows ranging from -5 to +10.

FRIDAY: Bitter Cold. Sub-zero lows possible. On the Virginia Shore, the highest temperature for the week will be 38 degrees Saturday and lowest 18 degrees Sunday night, per the weather service. The current forecast puts the chance of flurries around 30 percent.

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Temperatures will remain below average into the weekend, with a small chance for snow showers New Year's Eve into Monday in the mountains.

Boston Emergency Medical Services has also warned residents not to stay outside too long and to dress appropriately for the low temperatures.

Tonight will be bitterly cold.

The Wind Chill Advisory for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties remains in effect through the course of the morning today. Walsh is encouraging residents to check on neighbors, be mindful of homeless individuals who may need help and to be cautious when using space heaters.

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