First Warning Forecast: Tracking dangerously cold weather, with wind chills in the single digits

Posted at 5:56 AM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 12:38:50-05

Tracking dangerously cold weather, with wind chills in the single digits…..Bundle up! We’re tracking some of the coldest weather we’ve seen so far this season, several days before winter even begins.

As we move through our Thursday, expect cold, windy conditions in wake of a cold front that will sweep through the area. High temperatures will only reach the upper 30s and lower 40s, but because of strong winds from the northwest between 20 and 30 mph, with higher gusts, it will feel like the 20s most of the day. We’ll see a lot of sunshine as we move through the day. Tonight, expect even colder weather out there. Low temperatures will drop into the upper teens and lower 20s under mostly clear skies and gusty northwest winds.  Make sure you check on your elderly neighbors and don’t forget about your pets, too.

We’ll start our Friday with temperatures in the teens and 20s. But with breezy winds, it will likely feel like the single digits at the bus stop. By afternoon, we’ll see highs in the low and mid 30s! Take your precautions if you have to spend a lot of time outdoors during the day. As for sky cover, we’ll see a mix of clouds and sun, but late Friday night into Saturday morning, our weather could get a bit interesting.

A weather system to our west will move in early Saturday morning, which could produce some sleet or freezing rain early.  Little to no accumulation is expected as our temperatures begin to rise through the day, changing any wintry precipitation into all rain. We’re expecting highs in the low to mid 60s. A few more showers are possible on Sunday as highs climb to near 70.

Temperatures will cool back into the 40s by early next week.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny and Windy. Afternoon temperatures in the 30s. Winds: NW 20-30 mph, gusts to 35.

Tonight: Mostly Clear. Cold and Windy. Low temperatures in the upper teens and lower 20s. Winds: NW 15-25 mph, gusts to 30 mph.

Tomorrow: Clouds and Sun. Breezy and Cold. Highs in the low and mid 30s. Winds NE 5-15 mph.

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1916 Winter Storm: 4.0″ snow – Salisbury

Dominic Brown
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