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

BOSTON (CBS) – We may not be talking about nor’easters or bombogenesis (yet), but there is plenty of wintry weather.

A line of potentially dangerous snow squalls will push through between 3 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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Snow squalls are similar to summertime thunderstorms. They are brief, but many times they’re intense and can cause visibility to drop to near zero within seconds.

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While the squalls may only last 10-to-20 minutes, they can drop a quick inch or two of snow, making travel treacherous in a hurry.

Wednesday night – Thursday Arctic blast

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While the core of the Polar Vortex will pass well to our northwest, heading up into eastern Canada, we will get fringed by a very cold air mass late on Wednesday and into Thursday. Folks in the upper Midwest are getting hit head-on by this blast from the north as we speak.

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Temperatures have dropped as low as -20 to -40 degrees in places like Chicago and Minneapolis with wind chills as low as -60 degrees! Thankfully we will NOT experience anything like that here in New England.

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We will dip below zero in many of the suburbs Thursday and Friday morning. Daytime high temperatures on Thursday will likely hover right around record low maximums (12 degrees in Boston).

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From there, it is a slow but steady climb back to reasonable temperatures – 20’s on Friday, 30’s on Saturday and 50’s by Tuesday of next week!

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As we turn the page into February, as of this writing, still no significant snowfall in the forecast. Of course, we all know, there is still plenty of time – but the clock is ticking!

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