Bitter Cold Through Thursday Morning

I’m not sure where this photo came from, but it makes me laugh.
Tonight should easily be the coldest night since early January 2014 for most of Northern New England.  The unique thing about this shot of cold air will be the cold in combination with wind.  Typically our coldest night’s are clear and calm, when radiational  cooling is most efficient.  Tonight will be far from that as modified arctic air (straight from the Arctic Circle) is transported into our region on a stiff north northwesterly wind. While I don’t anticipate any record lows overnight, dangerous wind chills are expected.   A Wind Chill Advisory and Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the State.

An Arctic cold front moved through this afternoon with a round of snow showers and snow squalls. That boundary is off shore tonight and winds have picked up in its wake.

Temperatures will continue to fall overnight while winds remain gusty out of the north northwest.  You’ll get to test how good your car battery is in the morning with lows like this.

More importantly though, the wind should stay active through the early morning hours which will provide wind chill values dipping to 20 to 30 below through the early morning hours.

Winds will lighten up, and temperatures will warm into the single digits and low teens through the day Thursday.  Highs will likely be reached after dark in the teens for most of the region.
Our next weak weather maker will arrive early Friday morning.  It will bring a round of light snow around the time of the morning commute through early afternoon. While not a big storm, it should provide 1″ to 3″ of snow for most of the area.
Stay Warm!

Charlie Lopresti

About Charlie Lopresti

Charlie makes up the "Weather Part" of CBS News 13s evening edition. A native New Englander, he grew up enjoying the area's exciting and sometimes wild weather.