Weather Authority: A winter cold blast to start the week

Tracking snowfall potential and bitter cold

The long-range forecast for next weekend starts sunny on Saturday with a high of -4 C and a low of -9 C. Unfortunately, big changes are on the way. I am nearly certain you won't be going the full speed limit Monday morning, so just plan to get up a bit earlier.

Precautions should be made for a hard freeze for anyone who lives along and north of I-10 Tuesday morning with lows in the lower to middle 20s and lows below 32 degrees for 10 to 12 hours.

We start off the day with clouds increasing and then rain moves in late in the afternoon, into the evening. By Monday night, there will be widespread rain across the area. No thunderstorms are expected, just some light to moderate rainfall at times.

The morning commute Tuesday will be the warmest time of the day, as temperatures hovering around 50 degrees will carry over from Monday night.

NEAR RECORD-BREAKING COLD: The temperatures that arrive in the wake of the cold front that crosses Tuesday will be below average by January standards!

Our Severe Weather Alert Day continues as a cold front crashes into the mountains tonight, bringing rain and snow. Regardless, no accumulation is expected or any major travel impacts.

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Highs on Tuesday will struggle to get out of the 30s!

Wind chill as low as -6 degrees is forecast for the Berkshires, -2 in parts of the Pioneer Valley and Worcester County.

There's a 60 per cent chance of flurries on Thursday with a high of -2 C and a low of -3 C.

"The truly frigid air will spill in overnight", when a 24-degree low is expected in Raleigh, forecasters warn. It's nearly a repeat of last Thursday and Friday where we had rain (with a few flakes) followed by cold and wind.

It would be a good idea to make plans to protect your plants and certainly your pets Tuesday and Wednesday.

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