Gusty Winds, Arctic Air Cause Record-Breaking Cold in Region

Wednesday is the pinnacle of this cold blast for New England after it brought record morning low temperatures in Worcester, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and a dozen New England cities and towns.

In Vermont, Burlington fell to 11 degrees, and Montpelier to 6 degrees. Augusta, Maine plunged to 11 degrees, breaking previous records.

More records fall Wednesday afternoon as record cold high temperatures will be set in this early arctic blast and a busy northwest wind with gusts to 35 mph will deliver a wind chill no milder than 20 degrees even at the warmest time of the day.

The wind starts to quiet Wednesday evening and becomes nearly calm Wednesday night, which means temperatures will tumble under a clear sky into the teens with some single digits north. This will set us up for a cold Thursday, though not as cold as Wednesday.

With a light wind Thursday and temperatures about 10 degrees warmer than Wednesday, we’ll surely notice the improvement. Although, by November standards, even this moderation would normally be considered a colder-than-normal day.

Thursday afternoon, a light southerly wind will pick up across New England, gliding milder air northward aloft. This should cause expanding clouds from south to north Thursday afternoon and evening that will blot out the sun.

It can eventually carry some scattered rain showers over southeast New England overnight Thursday night into Friday morning, before departing for returning sun and at least one day of a milder breeze to bump temperatures over 50 degrees.

That relative warmth will be limited – another shot of chill arrives Friday night and stays for the weekend, locking in sunshine with highs in the 30s Saturday, then increasing clouds with more cool air Sunday.

The first half of next week may be unsettled, with a chance of rain and snow showers Sunday night into early Monday, then a chance of rain showers Tuesday night into Wednesday, but the week, overall in our exclusive First Alert 10-Day Forecast, looks milder than we’ve ended this one.

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