Massachusetts Prepares For Arctic Cold Blast

Record-Breaking Temperatures Chill Northeast

The relatively mild winter will take a frigid turn this weekend as temperatures will reach only into the teens and wind chills will drop to subzero range.

In Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans and Livingston counties, the wind chill warning is in effect from 5 a.m. this morning to 10 a.m. Sunday.

The NWS also reported that a risky snow squall will affect central Clarion, Mercer and southwestern Venango counties, including sections of I-79 and I-80.

Heavy rain, 1-2 inches possible, and a high temperature near 48 degress is forecast for Tuesday with a low of 28 and the potential for some snow showers. This will send wind chills into the single digits above and below zero.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warns New Yorkers to be careful in the cold weather during a news conference, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in New York.

“Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions”, the weather service warned.

An Arctic high pressure ridge is generating northwest winds of 20-30 km/h, with gusts up to 60 km/h in the Churchill area.

A few record lows are possible Sunday morning in the Northeast.

Wind chills may be between 20 and 30 degrees below zero, with some locations possibly approaching 35 degrees below zero.

A wind chill warning is issued when the wind chill index is expected to fall below negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit for at least three hours.

Some competitors anxious that the minus 6C (21F) temperatures forecast for the evening would harden the snow make their landings more hard.

“An eddy of the polar vortex over southeastern Canada, along with strong cold air advection, is bringing the coldest weather of this winter season from the Great Lakes to New England”, the NWS writes. Wind chills between 0 and 5 below.

As we go through this Saturday, high temperatures will only climb into the lower 30s. Wind chill values between -10 and -20. High temperatures will rise into the mid and upper 40s Monday. Accumulation will be limited… less than an inch in the area. Rain will continue through Tuesday with highs in the mid 50s.