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Thanksgiving Sees Bitter Cold Temperatures With Blast of Arctic Air

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

A strong dome of Canadian high pressure has delivered a blast of arctic air to New England today, with a steady wind coupling with highs only in the teens and 20s to produce wind chill values either side of zero, even at the warmest time of the day.

This arctic air is dry, which means sunshine for nearly all of us, though a cold wind over the relatively warm ocean waters has meant periodic ocean-effect clouds and flurries on outer Cape Cod, and should mean flurries for more of the cape this evening into tonight.

Otherwise, temperatures will fall to the single digits and teens overnight and while the wind will be slackening, it will still be breezy enough for wind chill values to hang below zero.

The wind quiets considerably Friday and that means wind chill really isn't a factor, so it will feel about 20-25 degrees milder than Thanksgiving.

Amazingly, the air in New England moderates enough on Saturday under sun and clouds with a southerly wind to make our next storm Saturday night into Sunday warm enough for raindrops in all but northern New England, where a wintry mix changes to raindrops.

After a brief breather later Sunday into Monday, the next storm Monday into Tuesday may also be rain south and a mix north. Thereafter, we'll gradually dry out through the middle and end of next week. But while today's arctic air certainly relents, we also see the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast remaining cooler than normal.

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