Meteorologist David Epstein breaks down the New Year's weekend forecast

31 December, 2017, 04:31 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy and cold. We want you to have a happy and safe New Year!

Make sure pets have a warm place to stay and give them fresh food and water. We did see the sunshine return late Friday morning though, so it was nice to have sunnier skies for the afternoon.

Clouds will roll back in tonight with another shot at some snow flurries close to sunrise Sunday.

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Skies will be mostly cloudy Friday as a weather system slides south of Wisconsin.

On Saturday, a storm system will pass to our south and brush coastal MA with a little bit of snow. Those snow showers may lingering into the late afternoon and early evening before finally coming to an end.

"Snow will fall mainly between 7am-3pm Saturday with a coating to 1" expected. Some predictions even call for snow flurries in Tampa, although meteorologists are downplaying those chances. Temperature will fall into the 20s on Sunday with wind chill temperatures on new Year's Eve in the teens and 20s.

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"As of right now, it looks like we could see anything from a dusting to 0.5" of snowfall across the area with the best chances for winter weather north of I-40. A tight pressure gradient will develop between the high and a storm system off the coast, so this will lead to a stiff northwest breeze kicking back up.

By Monday morning, temps are below freezing area wide with lows in the 20s, and still feeling colder thanks to a breezy north wind.

As the snow winds down Saturday, temperatures will plummet to the teens below zero, with some valleys dropping below minus 20 by Sunday morning. What a way to ring in 2018...right?! High temperatures will only reach the middle single digits, keeping wind chills from minus 5 to minus 15 degrees through the day. Now is the time to begin preparing for some ice and then cold temperatures. Winds will gradually pick up this afternoon, making for bitter cold wind chills through the heart of the afternoon.

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The bitterly cold temperatures won't just stop with Saturday night/Sunday morning, but will continue for several days. The colder temperatures will lag behind the front by about 12 to 18 hours.

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