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An Arctic boundary as pushed south of the area. Following the front will be much colder air which will cause temperatures to fall from the 30s quickly to the teens by later tonight. Winds will continue to increase through the evening with the strongest gusts coming overnight anywhere from 30 to 40mph. The clouds around now will continue to clear as well. The combination of the colder temperatures and gusty winds will have wind chill values running dangerously cold and well below zero.  A WIND CHILL ADVISORY goes into effect at 7pm until noon tomorrow for the area.  Frostbite to exposed skin could happen in as little as 30 minutes. Make sure to bring in your pets too.

Winds will start out strong in the morning making low temperatures in the single digits feel well below zero. Some areas could experience wind chills as cold as -10 to -15 degrees below. Plenty of sunshine but the highs for the day will only climb to the upper teens, well below our average low temperatures this time of the year. Despite the day being the coldest so far this winter season, records will not be in jeopardy.

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Clouds will quickly return Friday night into Saturday as the winds shift to the south and our next system quickly approaches. Lows will still be cold in the low to mid teens. Valentine’s Day will be dusted with widespread light snow amounting to anywhere from an 1” to 2”. Highs will get a boost to near 30 with the shift in our winds. However, the next clipper is packing more a punch with it and will bring even colder and more blustery conditions for Sunday. Temperatures Sunday may be warmest early in the teens and fall to the single digits late in the day. Combine the strong winds and wind chills will be running well below zero once again which may prompt a wind chill advisory or warning.

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Sunday night into Monday morning will be the coldest by far and could come close to tying or breaking the morning low of 0 set in 1904 and 1905. Either way prepare for a very, very cold morning. Highs will fall short of seasonal averages only climbing to the upper teens despite mostly sunny skies. Our next system comes in Tuesday evening from the south and may bring snow along with a wintry mix. This system as of now looks pretty impressive and we will be closely monitoring the trends in the upcoming days. Temperatures will improve slight to near 30 both Tuesday and Wednesday but severely drop once again heading into Thursday.
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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