Slight warmer end to the week, but still bitterly cold

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory for most of the Adirondacks for Wednesday, with expected wind chills of minus-15 to minus-25 below zero. Across northern Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, mid-morning temperatures were in the negatives or single digits. Expect similar wind chill readings each day through the end of the week. "It's pulling all of the cold area down from the arctic", said Lenore Correia. a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Mass. office.

Significant snow is expected at all elevations, starting Thursday and ending late Saturday.

Regardless, there is no doubt the cold weather will remain in place throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, we won't be seeing as much sunshine as the last few days.

The high temperature in Ashland Wednesday was just 21 degrees.

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Mostly cloudy and breezy on Saturday with a light snow shower possible. New Year's Day may only reach the upper 20s, but highs are expected to climb back into the 40s by Tuesday across the Panhandle and South Plains. "The increase in pressure as it comes down in elevation helps to warm up that air pushing warmer temperatures out east over the plains".

Highs on Monday will only be in the low 20s with overnight lows in the single digits. Highs near 20 degrees (-6 to -7 degrees Celsius). The greatest chance of snow was north of Interstate 80, but the NWS is closely monitoring lake-effect snow possibilities in Northwest Indiana. The good news is a clearing trend should start on the first day of 2018 and will continue through mid-week.