Bundle all the way up, and then get your shovels and snow blowers at the ready.
A double whammy of dangerously cold wind chills and then a snowstorm are on tap for the Bay State over the long weekend.
Temps will be above freezing for most of the day on Friday as light rain falls, but then temps drop in the late afternoon and the precipitation could end as light snow. Only a coating is expected.
The main concern on Friday will be the strong winds and bitterly cold wind chills that move in at night and into Saturday. With the wind gusts climbing up to 50 mph, the arctic wind chills in Boston could dip to a brutal 15 below zero. Wind chills could drop to even 25 below zero in the Berkshires.
“It’s going to be very, very cold,” said Kevin Cadima, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Boston office.
People who have outdoor plans are being urged to dress appropriately. Frostbite is possible within 30 minutes when the wind chills are in the 15 below to 25 below zero range.
Along the Cape and Islands, the arctic cold front could bring 60 to 70 mph gusts. The damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, leading to widespread power outages.
Then Saturday during the daytime across Massachusetts will be very cold, with high temps in the teens. The blustery conditions will keep wind chills below zero for most of the day.
After temps skyrocket close to 30 degrees on Sunday, a strong snowstorm will bear down on the region from Sunday night into Monday. The greatest chance for “significant snow” will be across the interior, especially toward the Worcester Hills and the Berkshires, according to the National Weather Service.
“Several inches of snow are likely in the high terrain,” Cadima said.
Boston could get a couple of inches of snow, followed by rain that’s expected to wash away the snow. There could be a brief burst of snow at the beginning of the storm.
The Monday morning commute could be impacted. There could be a period of strong wind gusts late Sunday night into Monday. The coastal flood threat will also need to be monitored.