Get ready to feel the coldest air in weeks with an extreme drop in temperature from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.
At 5 a.m. Friday, the temperature ranged from 23 degrees in Norfolk to 37 degrees along the Long Island Sound shoreline.
By 5 a.m. Saturday, temperatures will be more than 20 degrees colder, falling into the single numbers in northwest Connecticut, near 10 degrees in the central part of the state and teens along the coast.
Friday’s daytime temperatures will be near 10 degrees below normal, with highs in the upper 20s inland to the lower 30s.
Strong gusty winds will make it feel around 15 degrees inland to the mid 20s along the coast.
According to the National Weather Service’s hourly forecast, temperatures will begin to nosedive after 4 p.m..
Highs Saturday will again be below normal with highs in the lower to mid 30s. Temperatures return to slightly above normal levels Sunday with highs in the lower to mid 40s.
Temperatures are expected to gradually warm Monday into Tuesday with a seasonably mild regime into the first half of the week.
According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, February’s average temperature has been around 9 degrees above normal.
January’s temperatures were around 7 degrees above average.
December was the exception; the average temperature of 31.5 degrees was near normal.
The Climate Prediction Center says temperatures in the Northeast are expected to be below normal next week, but moderate in the last week of February.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 9. Wind chill values between zero and 5. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Light and variable wind.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.