Arctic Blast expected into the New Year

Holiday weekend looks cold & potentially snowy

Holiday weekend looks cold & potentially snowy

New Year's Eve is expected to be pleasant on the Treasure Coast - as a blistering Arctic blast sweeps through much of the Midwest and Northeast, possibly blanketing some areas in more than 6 inches of snow.

Forecasters are particularly concerned because the window for possible snow will fall on New Year's Eve, when more people could be out on the roads.

Wednesday isn't looking much better.

Wintry weather possible during the day Sunday, with a frigid temperature and wind combination by midnight and beyond.

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The near-record cold is not going anywhere. The normal high for early January is 35 degrees for the Greater Hartford Area. At this point any accumulations and/or impacts appear to be minor but we'll keep watching it. From north to south, drizzle is expected to switch over to freezing drizzle and light snow. The mercury will dip into the single digits Thursday night and highs on Friday will be in the teens even with full sunshine. If anyone's counting - that will be at least six days with temps below freezing (day and night) and that's pretty impressive when our average high is still 40° for this time of the year. Wind chills will drop well below zero once again.

Daytime temperatures will barely make it into the mid 20s with winds gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Otherwise, Saturday will feature slightly warmer temperatures as highs reach the upper 20s under rather cloudy skies when it's not snowing.

For what it's worth, highs will be hanging out around 10° during the afternoon on New Year's Day. "How cold it will be is what we're still trying to figure out".

Our current deep freeze began in the late afternoon on Christmas Day. Temperatures this cold will be enough to see pipes freeze and burst if they are not insulated or protected from the cold.

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