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Below-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills forecast for north country

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A burst of arctic air will descend upon the region at the end of week causing bitterly cold air temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a wind chill watch for areas east of Lake Ontario from late Thursday night until Saturday afternoon, with wind chills possibly reaching 45 degrees below zero. A winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Thursday also calls for snowfall totals of between 4 and 8 inches east of the lake.

This will be coupled with the coldest air temperatures of the season, with Weather Service meteorologists in Burlington, Vermont, forecasting that temperatures across northern New York will drop into the single digits by Friday morning before “plummeting to dangerously cold levels” of more than 20 degrees below zero on Saturday.

The Weather Services says in a forecaster’s discussion that these temperatures, combined with winds approaching 40 mph, can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes of exposure.

Before the frigid cold arrives, the Weather Service says that a cold air mass already over the region, which is resulting in temperatures in the teens and 20s, will prompt a lake-effect response off Lake Ontario today, causing the issuance of the winter weather advisory for accumulating snow near the lake.

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A bit of a warmup by the weekend

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Temperatures were in the 20s and 30s early Thursday morning, which is below average for this time of year.

It will feel more seasonable by the weekend.

Places on the Tug Hill were getting lake effect snow early Thursday. That could change to a mix of rain and snow for the afternoon.

The rest of Jefferson and Lewis counties will see dry, mostly cloudy skies. St. Lawrence County will have some freezing fog early, then mostly sunny skies.

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