12-27-2017: Extreme Cold Ahead

Good morning!
With sunny skies, expect a high around 17 today, along with a west-northwest wind at 5-10 mph that will lead to bitter wind chills just above and around zero. Tonight will be clear with a low around -3 (yes, that is negative three degrees!), with a west-northwest wind around 5 mph but gusting up to 25 mph. This will lead to very bitter wind chills, below -15 at times.
Tomorrow will be extremely cold, with a high only around 8, and the sunny skies will barely be any consolation for the northwest wind around 10 mph, gusting up to 30 mph, that will provide constant wind chills below zero, and even below -10 at times during the day. Wind chills tomorrow night will not be as bad, as the wind will be light, but clear skies will lead to some significant radiational cooling as we achieve a low of -7. (In fact, in the end, that number could be a degree or two too warm depending on how things play out. We shall see.) Thankfully, the relative lack of wind will make tomorrow night feel not as bad as tonight, but it will still be bitter indeed. Make sure to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves, and stay indoors when possible, to protect against frostbite and hypothermia.
The layers will need to stay out for quite a while, as Friday and Sunday barely make it past 10 degrees and Saturday may fall short of 15 degrees, with lows hovering around zero Friday and Saturday nights. Some snow showers are possible Saturday afternoon into night, but significant snowfall is currently not likely. However, the fact that the system generating said showers is just offshore means it must be closely watched. More very cold days and nights are likely to start off 2018, and we may not reach 20 degrees again until several days into the new year (yesterday’s high was 23, which will likely be the last 20 degree or higher high temp of 2017 unless today’s forecast turns out several degrees too cold).
Have a great day!

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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