Brutally Cold Start To 2018, Storm To Bring Snow Thursday

BOSTON (CBS) – Happy New Year! The calendar may say 2018 now, but the same arctic air is in place that ended 2017.

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Record cold high temperatures are possible Monday in some spots (Worcester, for example) and our wind chill will stay in sub-zero territory through the day.

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It won’t be quite as brutal Tuesday, with wind chill values in the single digits at the warmest time of the day.

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Some moderation is on the way for Wednesday as temperatures climb well into the 20’s and lower 30’s – something we haven’t seen in more than a week. The wind will be significantly lighter on Wednesday too which will make a substantial difference.

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Now in terms of snow, we’re monitoring a significant coastal storm which will likely bring accumulating snow to southern New England Thursday.

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How much snow falls is dependent on the exact track of the storm center.  It is just too early to give a projected range given the uncertainty. Many details will be ironed out in the next 24-to-48 hours, so stay tuned for frequent updates. This storm will also bring additional threats to the region: damaging wind gusts and coastal flooding.

Behind the storm, another blast of arctic air will move in – and this one could be colder than what we’ve been experiencing right now!

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More record cold highs and lows will be broken and dangerously cold wind chill values will accompany this frigid air mass.