Extreme cold, but no precipitation, in Thursday forecast

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Temperatures will fall throughout the day.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow in the morning and then again in the afternoon and not almost as cold.

The main area of concern on Wednesday morning stretched along and north of a line from Millport to Warrior to Piedmont and south of a line from Fort Payne to Albertville to Cullman, according to the weather service.

Data from the organization show that Thursday will be the coldest day of the week in Allentown, but the coldest days of winter are expected in late January and early February, Silva said. There is a chance of snow showers Thursday night through Saturday. The low that night is expected to be 5 degrees. The wind chill in the northeast region pushed temperatures down as far as zero degrees around Bartlesville, 4 degrees in Tulsa and 9 degrees around Muskogee.

Bitterly cold conditions have enveloped much of the Midwest already, and a blizzard has left a record amount of snow in parts of New England. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day will have temperatures only reaching into the teens for a high.

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Winds from the west will have sustained spends of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 miles per hour . Those accumulations will not cover the entire area with the scattered nature of lake-effect snow.

She said typically the daytime resource center for people in need has between 50 and 60 visitors.

That's the advice from weather forecasters, who say this year's white Christmas will be followed by an onslaught of bitter cold in New England through New Year's Day and beyond.

Simpson said morning commuters Wednesday and Thursday should try to wear face masks and hats, if possible. Miller said the walkways and sidewalks have been cleared and they have maintenance people ready for any additional work that may be needed.

"You want to make sure there is adequate ventilation with the heating system and that you have working smoke detectors and new, working carbon monoxide detectors", he said.