Sub-zero temperatures are in the forecast for the next two days as a large polar vortex descends upon the region.
Conor Lahiff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt., said Tri-Lakes residents can expect highs hovering below zero today and Friday. The Arctic air mass has chilled parts of Canada to 40 degrees below zero, but it will moderate before it heads south.
Moderate is a relative term, though. At night here, temperatures are expected to drop to 10 to 20 degrees below zero, with Friday night's temperatures potentially being the coldest this winter.
The frigid air will also bring 10 mph winds that will cause the temperature to drop to 30 below.
Lahiff warned that keeping skin covered when venturing outside is extremely important to avoid serious problems. He recommended staying inside if possible.
"With the winds that we're going to be seeing over the next couple of days, it only takes about 30 minutes to get frostbite on exposed skin," Lahiff said. "When you start getting to 30 below and colder, which it could be in a few spots, it only takes about 15 minutes."
Lahiff said a heat wave will hit the region Saturday and Sunday as temperatures rise into the 20s.
Today: Snow likely, mainly this afternoon. Snow accumulation a dusting to 2 inches. Cold with highs 6 below to 4 above zero. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent. Wind chill values as low as 31 below.
Tonight: Snow likely. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Cold with lows around 15 below. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent. Wind chill values as low as 30 below.
Friday: Cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Cold with highs around 6 below. Southeast winds around 10 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of snow 40 percent. Wind chill values as low as 34 below.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Cold with lows 18 below to 24 below zero. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as 36 below.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 20s. South winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chill values as low as 37 below.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15.
Sunday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 30s.
Sunday night and Monday: Snow likely. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around zero.
Tuesday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 10 above.
Tuesday night and Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Lows 5 below to zero. Highs 10 to 15.
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