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More cold and dry weather ahead

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As your teeth chatter in this bitter cold weather, remember to say to yourself: At least it’s not snowing.

An unseasonably cold and mainly dry weather pattern will be with us for the next seven days, according to the National Weather Service.

“Seriously, pretty much zip precipitation through Thursday, December 13th,” forecasters tweeted. “Roughly 10-day stretches of dry weather don’t come fairly often.”

Temperatures will be running about 10 degrees colder than normal (usually the highs this time of year range between 40 and 45), forecasters said.

On Friday morning police in Yarmouth were warning motorists to be careful because of icy roads on the Cape. “Many crashes this morning in Yarmouth due to icy roads,” police wrote on Facebook. “Please use extra caution and drive slower and safer.”

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The coldest air will be coming Friday night and Saturday, forecasters said.

“Highs on Friday will average in the 30s with lows Friday in the single digits and teens,” forecasters said. “Highs on Saturday will only be in the 20s.”

Friday will be sunny, but with northwest winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour, wind chill values will remain in the 20s and teens, the weather service said.

Friday night will be mostly clear and cold, with lows around 17, and Saturday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s, and winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour in the morning, forecasters said.

Saturday night will be partly cloudy with temperatures holding steady in the mid 20s, and Sunday will be sunny with highs in the mid 30s, forecasters said.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.