SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – After seeing a wintry mix earlier in the day, we’ll start to dry out later overnight as the sky turns partly cloudy. A cold night is on its way with lows falling back into the upper teenage years at around 20 years of age. It will also be a bit windy with northwest winds between 10-15mph making it colder.
Next week, the coldest air of the season will be characterized by a very deep trough and a piece of the polar vortex briefly crossing New England. Gusting northwest breezes and an arctic cold front will give us a dry but cold day on Monday with highs in the below average 20s, but wind chills will be single digits and teens.
Then the core of cold air arrives from Monday evening to Wednesday morning. Tuesday’s highs might not exceed single-digit numbers across much of Western Mass, but wind chills could be as low as -15 to -20. Because of this threat, Wind chill notice are posted for West Hampden, West Hampshire and West Franklin counties from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. For the County of Berkshire, the Wind chill notice is in effect from midnight Monday evening until 3:00 pm Tuesday afternoon.
Keep in mind that with wind chills, cold frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, so try to limit the time spent outdoors, wear several layers of warm, light, loose clothing, wear a hat and stay dry and sheltered from the wind. Also, remember that mittens that fit snugly around the wrist are better than gloves.
Temperatures will return to seasonal levels by Thursday, with highs returning in the mid-1930s.