New Year's Eve will be nearly 40 degrees colder than usual

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It will be a wet and cold end to 2017 for the Augusta area, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to bring only a dusting to a half-inch of accumulation to the area, though locations near the Wisconsin-Illinois border could see close to an inch by Thursday night.

As we enter the second half of the traditional workweek, more frigid cold air continues resulting in risky feels like temperatures. "Usually at this time of year we are looking at normal highs in the lower 40s and normal lows in the mid 20s, but this whole week actually the highs in the 20s and low temps are in the teens and single digits". A second, stronger surge of arctic air moves in just in time for the New Year. With bitterly cold air set to arrive and breezy winds through the weekend, we'll see wind chills 15-20 degrees below zero.

Very cold with mostly clear early, then increasing clouds overnight and a flurry toward down; diminishing winds. Wind chills can lead to hypothermia.Law enforcement agencies are warning people to watch for icy conditions even if the roads appear clear.

On Sunday night, New Year's Eve, it will be partly cloudy with a low of minus 8, according to the weather service.




Tuesday will start out cold with lows ranging from -5 to +10. The welcomed sunshine will take some of the sting off the temperatures for Thursday afternoon. NYE (Sunday) high temperatures will be limited to the mid 20s.

The record is 21° for the lowest high temperature for December 28th. That's nearly 20 degrees below normal for early January!

The record stretch of consecutive subfreezing days at Newark is 16 days, set in January-February 1961. The arctic air centered over the Northeast and New England states is pushing temperatures way below average, while another arctic front will enter the Northern Plains Friday and spread south and east over the weekend.

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