Happy Friday! TGIF!
We close out the work week quietly for most, with partly sunny skies. The exception will be the northern Adirondacks and southern St. Lawrence River Valley, where lake-effect snow from lake Ontario will dump up to 6". After a chilly start Friday morning, near zero, temperatures will recover briefly this afternoon, reaching close to 20 degrees. South winds also increase, to around 15 mph with higher gusts possible.
Tonight, that Arctic cold front we've been telling you about all week, will sweep across the region bringing snow showers and a few snow squalls. Most will just see a couple of inches, but 3-6" of new snow may fall for the western slopes and peaks of the Green Mountains. Driving overnight could become hazardous in those squalls with reduced visibility and snow-covered roads.
A Wind Chill Warning goes into effect tonight and remains through Sunday evening. At any point during that period, wind chills may drop to 25 to 40 degrees below zero. Ouch! Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 to even 10 minutes at those conditions. Avoid prolonged exposure outside, but if you must venture out, cover all exposed skin and wear multiple thermal and moisture-wicking layers to avoid hypothermia. Actual air temperatures will struggle to reach or exceed zero both Saturday and Sunday, while winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Overnight low temperatures will easily plummet into the teens and 20s below zero.
Early next week, a quick warm-up pushes afternoon highs back into the 20s on Monday and even above-average, into the mid 30s by Tuesday. Although there is still a lot of disagreement among weather models, an area of low pressure will move off the Ohio River Valley and bring some sort of wintry mix (sleet, snow and/or rain) Tuesday into Wednesday.
Stay warm this weekend and have a Happy, Happy Valentine's Day!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist
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