By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) — Old Man Winter is rearing his head once again.  A blast of cold straight from the Arctic will have multiple impacts on our region.

hour by hour wind chill forecast Arctic Blast Brings Bitter Cold, Biting Winds

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

HARD FREEZE:

The temperatures dropped Tuesday night from west to east across southern New England and those untreated surfaces froze up fairly quickly – side roads, decks, sidewalks, driveways are now all potential hazards.

BITTER COLD:

In many cases, to the north and west of Boston especially, temperatures have dropped into the teens.  Sunshine on Wednesday will largely be ineffective.  Temperatures will barely budge, hanging in the teens in central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire and 20’s in eastern Mass.  Same deal Thursday and Friday, with the highs stuck in the teens and 20’s.  Most areas won’t get back to the freezing mark (32) until sometime this weekend.

2017 wind forecast Arctic Blast Brings Bitter Cold, Biting Winds

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

BITING WINDS:

The westerly wind will be quite active Wednesday, ramping up through the day. Expect gusts 40-50 mph at times from midday into the evening, resulting in pockets of wind damage and creating wind chill values in the single digits.

wind advisory Arctic Blast Brings Bitter Cold, Biting Winds

(WBZ-TV graphic)

 

A wind advisory is posted across much of southern New England until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

MORE SNOW?

The active pattern continues. A quick moving disturbance will pass to our south Wednesday night, coming just close enough to graze the south coast with some snow early Thursday morning.

2017 snowfall poly3 Arctic Blast Brings Bitter Cold, Biting Winds

(WBZ-TV graphic)

 

A coating to 1 inch is possible up to around Plymouth, with 1-to-3 inches possible on Cape Cod to the Islands. The snow will be very fluffy and easy to move around, but roads will become slippery for a brief time on Cape Cod during the morning commute.

Right on its heels, yet another fast-moving storm will zip by us Friday night into early Saturday. This one will be developing as it passes by, the question is: will it all happen just a bit too late for us to get any snow? We’ll have to keep an eye on it – but right now it doesn’t look like anything too significant. Certainly, some light accumulation is possible from some snow showers in easternmost Mass.

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