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Dangerous cold and damaging wind gusts through Friday morning

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Snow squalls ending and skies clearing through the night. Temperatures are falling behind an Arctic cold front and many reach around 0 by the morning. Wind gusts may approach 50-60mph through roughly 4am, then gusts to 30-40mph are likely through the morning. This will keep wind chills well below 0 through all of Friday morning.

Wind Chill Advisories are in effect through 11am Friday. High Wind Warnings are in effect through 4am Friday.

Low pressure to our northeast continues to strengthen and high pressure to our west is gradually building in; this will keep winds strong through midday Friday. As high pressure takes over, winds will lighten through Friday afternoon-but we remain cold. This high will be moving toward the coast and offshore by Friday night, shifting winds to the southwest-which will start warming temperatures overnight. Clouds will be on the increase and snow arrives not long after midnight.

Our next storm system will begin pushing in snow well before dawn Saturday morning. Snow should accumulate quickly as we will be in the low 20s and teens at the start. However, temperatures continue to warm through the morning and snow will gradually change to a wintry mix then rain. Snow accumulations look to reach the 2-5” range across the Valley and 4-7” range through the hills and Berkshires. Rain showers taper off Saturday afternoon.

A cold front moves through Sunday morning with another round of rain and temperatures may spike near 50 degrees early. Behind the front, skies will gradually clear, gusty winds shift northwest and temps fall. Cold high pressure builds in for Monday and Tuesday, keeping highs near or below freezing and skies sunny. Low temps return to the single digits and teens for many, but with a lack of wind chill this time. We turn milder by Wednesday and Thursday.

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