Dangerously cold through Saturday with wind chills 5 to 25 below zero


The wind will be much lighter Sunday, meaning even our forecast high of just under 20 degrees will feel much warmer than Saturday and wind chill will be well below unsafe threshold. Wind chills will be dangerously low (10-35 below zero). "The cold wind chills may cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin", according to the National Weather Service. The air temperature will fall toward zero or below through early Friday morning. Just a 15 percent chance for a shower. That might mix with some sleet or rain in spots too. A continued south wind will allow for temperatures to reach the low 30s, this will be the first time temperatures reached over the freezing mark since December 23rd.

Then.what's that next week??

TONIGHT: Clear, breezy. Low: -5 to 5. High: single digits, Near 10 shoreline.

The incredible part of this intense burst of cold - and what makes it more intense (though not as long-lasting) than our last blast of arctic air - is the unsafe wind chill will continue through most of the day on Saturday, meaning the frostbite threat will continue even as the sun shines, then mixes with building clouds. A Wind Advisory has been issued for all of Southern New England for today, into this evening, with expected wind gusts between 40- 50 miles per hour.

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Very cold air and gusty winds will create unsafe wind-chill temperatures into the night and through Friday.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, bitterly cold but not as windy.

High pressure to our west will finally build atop the region as we go into Saturday night into Sunday.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, with a high near 37.