BOSTON (CBS) — Get ready for a change to windy and cold conditions.

A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect through Monday evening for most of southern New England. West winds 20 to 35 mph will gust as high as 50-60 mph and up to 70 mph through the higher terrain inland and Berkshires.

The strongest gusts are expected Monday midday through the afternoon. Powerful winds will result in scattered tree damage with branches and limbs coming down and perhaps even some entire trees! Scattered power outages are also likely. These strong gusts may create difficult travel for high profile vehicles and SUVs. It will still be windy but it will be less ferocious on Tuesday into Wednesday, but that is when the cold settles in.

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Temperatures on Monday will stay steady in the 30s, if not drop late in the day. The exiting storm will also tap another chunk of Arctic Air in Canada. Highs will be below average and stuck in the 20s for Tuesday and Wednesday! The ‘Real Feel’ temperatures will drop into the subzero zone by late Tuesday and lasting to about midday on Wednesday.

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The lowest high temperature on record for Wednesday, February 27 is 14 degrees set way back in 1886 so it will not be a record-breaking blast but cold enough!

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Once this batch of frigid air bypasses the region on Wednesday, it will still be cold but the wind will be much more tranquil. However, the weather will turn more unsettled. We’ll have to watch for a clipper system that could brush southern New England with some light snow late Wednesday into early Thursday which could slicken the Thursday commute. Indications snow would be light and the track still is uncertain as there is plenty of time for the track to shift further south. Stay with us as we will continue to provide updates on the potential and another system that may bring a wintry mix to rain by next weekend.

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Sarah Wroblewski

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