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A strong front went through the area on Thursday, and now we have cold, arctic air in place. This air will play a key role in the forecast for Monday. But for now, it's just going to mean cold and dry this weekend.
High pressure stays in control for today, and temperatures will make it above the freezing mark for a few hours. Once we get to about 4 p.m. temperatures will fall below freezing and end up in the upper teens to lower 20s. This will freeze the ground pretty solid. If you haven't gotten your driveway stakes in the driveway just yet, try to get it done this evening. I do think you might have another opportunity later this month, but maybe not.
The cold today will be accompanied by quite a gusty wind. This means it will feel chillier than the 30s. This cold isn't anything remarkable, just winter. The wind this weekend will be light, so in spite of the cold at least the wind chill won't be so terrible.
The forecast this weekend for Monday will likely change as we get more information about Monday's storm. It won't be a big storm, but it could still bring a messy commute or two. The map below shows light snow as close as New York late Sunday morning. The timing could speed up or slow down, so stay tuned to the latest forecasts through the weekend.
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Friday: A mix of clouds and sunshine. Highs in the mid- to upper 30s. Winds will be gusty.
Friday Night: Clear and cold. Lows 17-23.
Saturday: Sun and clouds, cold. Highs remaining just below the freezing mark in most areas.
Sunday: Mainly sunny to start, then clouding up with a chance of snow at night. Highs in the lower to middle 30s.
Monday: Snow, mixed snow and rain changing to rain at least along the coast. Highs in the low to upper 30s from north to south.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.
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