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Bitter cold, blustery winds expected overnight

Bundle up tonight. It’s going to be cold.

Snow showers briefly sent swarms of flakes tumbling down this afternoon, but they’re expected to end this evening, ushering in bitter cold and blustery winds overnight.

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Temperatures in much of the state are expected to drop to the single digits or below, and it’s expected to feel even colder because of a wind gusting in some areas up to 30 miles per hour. In far Western Massachusetts, it could feel like 29 below zero, said the National Weather Service, which issued wind chill advisories for much of the state’s interior.

After another couple of cold but dry days, another winter storm will arrive by Sunday night, intensifying and turning into a full-blown winter storm Monday, forecasters said.

“There’s still a lot of variability, and the models are doing some wobbling around,” said weather service meteorologist Alan Dunham. But forecasters warned that the storm could bring “significant accumulating snow.”

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Friday will be sunny with temperatures rising to the high teens and low 20s. But a chill wind will still blow. Some clouds will arrive in the evening as temperatures drop into the lower teens.

Conditions Saturday will be slightly warmer. Skies will be mostly cloudy, and highs should make it into the 30s. There is a slight chance of snow flurries after 9 p.m. Temperatures should only sink into the upper 20s overnight.

Any remaining flurries will clear up before 9 a.m. Sunday. Mostly cloudy skies will persist, with highs in the 30s.

The first signs of the approaching winter storm will arrive that afternoon, as temperatures begin sinking into the 20s.

“Sunday there’s a chance of some snow during the late afternoon,” Dunham said. “The main time for snow is Sunday night and all day Monday, lasting into Monday night.”

After the storm has passed through the region, conditions should be clear and dry through midweek, forecasters said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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