Weather: Frigid cold blasts area this week

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A north northeast wind will be around 8 miles per hour. As of now, a disturbance moving in the direction of CT from the west could bring scattered snow showers to the state Saturday with the possibility of light accumulations.

It will be a wet and cold end to 2017 for the Augusta area, according to the National Weather Service.

The lake effect snow belts of western and northern NY will bear the brunt of the arctic air, with temperatures averaging at least 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. This means temperatures will free fall tonight into the single digits under mostly clear skies.

Wednesday night and Thursday, wind chill values could be as low as -13 degrees. Low around 1. Southeast wind around 5 miles per hour.

This weekend may see some snow, the weather service says.

With wind chill, frostbite can occur in 30 minutes, experts say.

Up to 2″ Of Snow Friday, Saturday

The NWS has called for temperatures to drop below freezing each night leading into New Year's weekend, and said snow and sleet could be possible in the early afternoon hours of Thursday, with freezing rain could likely before 7 p.m. Thursday. At least the wind will become lighter as the night progresses.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near -6.

If you plan to celebrate New Year's Eve outside, layers will be key.

We are forecasting highs in the teens on Monday (New Year's Day), and there will be a stiff breeze that could keep the wind chill close to zero.

The cold comes after parts of CT saw upwards of five inches of snow on Monday - a rare white Christmas, according to forecasters.

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