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Mild temps Thursday ahead of bitter cold this weekend, forecasters say

Thursday’s mild daytime high of 44 will be short-lived as bitter cold returns Friday afternoon and persists into Saturday, the National Weather Service said. "The cold air coming this weekend was over

i pShare Tweet Email Thursday’s mild daytime high of 44 will be short-lived as bitter cold returns Friday afternoon and persists into Saturday, the National Weather Service said.Friday also begins with clouds, with the temperature rising to 41 by noon before sliding to 33 or so, the weather service said, Forecasters added the wind chill would make it feel like 20 to 30 as a north wind climbed from about 14 mph early on to 21 by the afternoon, with gusts predicted to hit 32 mph."This shot of cold will rival the round of cold that was experienced earlier in the week," the weather service said." Thermometers will fall to 12 — and the wind chill will range from minus 5 to plus 5, the weather service said, as that north wind could gust up to 34 mph.

Whether the tristate gets hit Sunday night or early on Martin Luther King Jr Day by what could be a powerful snowstorm arising in the Tennessee Valley and heading "along or just east of the Appalachians on Sunday" depends on how far west it tracks, the weather service said.Saturday will be cold, with the daytime high topping out at 19, winds gusts of up to 26 mph and thickening clouds.

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