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January 9 – Bitter wind chills; Close call with Sunday snow

That gusty wind is bringing in some cold air for the end of the workweek and the weekend. Expect frequent 25+ mph gusts on Thursday with temperatures climbing from the upper 20s to low 30s early into the mid to upper 30s in the afternoon. There will be in and out sunshine, and it will feel colder than the air temperature by 10-15° – so dress for the upper teens to low 20s.

The wind stays active under clear skies Thursday night. The temperature dips into the teens with even colder wind chills early Friday morning. It will struggle to get above freezing on Friday afternoon. Some towns may not get out of the 20s. The wind will not be as strong as on Thursday, but you’ll notice it nonetheless. Look for ineffective sunshine and feels like conditions in the teens.

Bitter wind chills Friday morning with air temps in the teens
Bitter wind chills Friday morning with air temps in the teens

Friday night could be the coldest since mid-December or possibly even last winter. Lows will be in the low to mid teens with skies staying mainly clear. Clouds stream in on Saturday, and it stays cold. Expect highs in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Glancing blow possible on Sunday

Odds still favor a miss with the storm in the Sunday/Monday time frame. The latest info suggest that the light snow/flurries may come far enough north sometime late Saturday night into Sunday to bring a few flakes to part of Southern New England. It’s still too early to get much more specific than that, but it would not surprise me if the storm was just far enough north to bring some light snow or flurries on Sunday. A bigger impact snow event is not completely off the table.

German ICON model shows a fringe impact form the storm on Sunday – just a few flakes

It looks like it will not be as cold by the middle of next week. Temperatures should rebound back to near-normal for mid-January with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s in the midweek.

More action in late-January?

The European model, and to some extent the American GFS, shows a more active wintry pattern after about January 20th. The European Control run on Wednesday had two storms coming through and bringing snow during that week. It’s definitely something to watch. There have been a lot of people drawing parallels to this winter and 2014-15. I don’t think we’ll get to that level of snow/cold this year. However, I think we’ll see something that more closely resembles winter in late-January and February!

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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