Snow and arctic cold on the way

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Happy New Year. We have a lot of winter coming our way over the next week. The first system rolls into town on Thursday with snow and arctic cold temps. Here's a rundown of what to expect:

- The day starts with precipitation working in quickly from the west. Temps ahead of it will be above freezing but will come crashing down as the precipitation moves in. A quick burst of rain will be on the leading edge of the precip, but snow takes over quickly.

- Once the main snow shield works through by late afternoon… widespread snow showers and squalls will kick in. These will producing blinding conditions at times and cause hazardous travel conditions across the region. These flakes will be arctic in nature and that means it won’t take very much moisture to produce a high ratio snow. An inch or two will be possible for many. Higher amounts are possible in the north and east.

- Temps will drop into the high single digits and low teens by Friday morning. Wind chills Thursday night and Friday will drop well below zero.

The next winter weather maker arrives on Sunday into early Monday. This may put more snow down across the region and will introduce a bitterly cold air mass. Temps may go below zero early next week.