Get Ready: Snow Squalls Usher in Brutal Cold

Near record low temperatures expected on Thanksgiving

An impressive blast of near-record cold air arrives just in time for Thanksgiving after snow squalls impact parts of New England on Wednesday.

The snow showers and squalls will develop during the morning in Vermont, before expanding into New Hampshire, Maine, and parts of western Massachusetts during the early to mid-afternoon.

These squalls often times move in quickly, and move out quickly. Each can put down a very quick coating to 2 inches, causing brief whiteout conditions on the roads.

In the Boston area, temperatures will reach 40 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, so while there may be some flakes late day, it would likely be mixed with rain.

The risk of any impacts to highway travel is certainly highest from the Berkshires into Northern New England.

Behind the snow showers the door is opened to the cold.

Early on Thanksgiving, for Turkey Trots or high school football games, temperatures will be in the single digits and teens. Factor in a gusty northwest wind and it will feel close to, or below, zero even with sunshine.

Temperatures in the afternoon reach the teens to near 20, but wind chills will continue to make it feel colder.

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A few ocean effect snow showers are possible on the Outer Cape as the cold air rushes over the warm ocean.

Black Friday shoppers will also be met with single digits and teens, before we climb into the 30s to near 40 during the afternoon.

The weekend starts dry, but our next system comes in late Saturday into very early Sunday. Right now it looks like most of this will be rain with temperatures popping into the 40s.

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