Unfortunately the wind keeps moving around and the wind chill stays harsh for much of the night. A wind chill warning (-15 to -35) and a wind chill advisory (-10 to -30) remain in place until 7am Friday. As Friday goes on, the wind will calm and highs will slowly climb out of the cellar; we’ll top out in the single digits above 0°. I have to say too, even though the wind will be light most of the day, an occasional gust of 3-7mph will put wind chills back below 0. Saturday, highs get close to 10° but the bottom falls out again Saturday night and Sunday. Highs Sunday will struggle to get above 0°. New Year’s eve night, the big cold and wind come roaring back to usher in 2018. Expect lows to fall to around -10 to -20, wind chills will be around -15 to -30. For those keeping score, Burlington’s record low January 1 is -17(1970). I doubt we get there but other parts of the country will be breaking records.
In terms of snow, there won’t be much. There’s a small chance for passing snow showers Friday and Saturday with little to no accumulation; mountains may squeeze out a dusting to 3″. We have a better chance at widespread snow Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
One more thing about the cold. By Friday morning, Burlington will be up to 3 days in a row of lows at or below 0°. There’s nothing shocking about that but we’ll more than likely string together about 4 more days with lows at or below 0°; that’ll put us at 7 in a row by Tuesday morning. Burlington’s longest streak of lows at or below 0° is 12, it happened February 9-20, 1979. In case you’re wondering, within that streak Burlington had a streak of 5 days (February 13-17, 1979) where highs were at or less than 0°; that’s the longest Burlington has ever gone without hitting 1°.
I hope you’re staying warm!
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker