Area braces for polar air, frigid temps

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Get your jackets, hats, gloves, and wool socks ready because winter-like weather is on the way!

Tuesday has been mild, but temperatures will drop into the 30's overnight as a cold front moves through.

Cold air is locked up in the northern plains and Canada, but it will be moving our way over the next few days. A cold front will move through Tuesday night.

Behind that cold front comes a reinforcing shot of colder air that will spread very cold temperatures. So all of that polar air is going to be swinging down and by Thursday the core of that polar vortex air will be just to the north of Maine, close enough to bring us the coldest air of the season.

Just how cold?

Thursday will be 19 degrees below average.

Thursday and Friday’s highs won’t go beyond the mid-20s. Saturday precipitation may start out as snow.

The cold snap will be the coldest snap we've had in 10 months.

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Flurries will be a small possibility for most of the area throughout the week, but Friday will bring the highest chance of snow.

Code Blues will go into effect for most of the area as of Wednesday.

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