Single-digit temps as Massachusetts feels effects of polar vortex

The polar vortex that’s bringing misery to the upper Midwest is making an appearance in northern New England, where some places will struggle to reach the single digits.

Parts of the region are under wind chill advisories through midday Thursday.

“The arctic air is here, and we are going to keep it in place for about 24 hours,” StormTeam 5 meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon said. “Single-digit temperatures through 9 a.m., but by lunchtime we will be jumping into the double digits and the teens by the afternoon.”

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School was canceled in Worcester and several other towns posted delays because of the frigid weather.

The high temperature in Worcester is forecast to be 11 degrees, and, if that holds, it will tie the record low temperature for the day.

The deep freeze on Thursday will be followed by a warming trend with highs in the 50s early next week in parts of Massachusetts.

“As the high pressure scoots out, temperatures are going to start to come up,” Fitzgibbon said. “We will go from the 30s this weekend, to jumping into the 50s Tuesday.”

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