Area expecting arctic front

National Weather Service is predicting the coldest air of the season will be move into the four-state region on Thursday and remain anchored through the upcoming holiday weekend. Actions should be taken this week in preparation for bitterly cold arctic air, forecasters say.

Low temperatures in the teens and wind chill in single digits and the teens are scheduled to arrive late Thursday, with the  Friday 3 a.m. forecast at minus-3 degree wind-chill. By 6 a.m., wind chill is forecast at minus-6 degrees.

From 6 p.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Saturday, temperatures could remain below freezing, rising above freezing possibly from 1 p.m. 4 p.m. before dipping once again Sunday morning. Individuals who must be outside including firefighters, law enforcement officers, highway and public works department crews should be mindful of the extreme cold and low wind-chill temperatures.

Rain is expected to continue into Tuesday but is expected to end well before extreme temperatures hit the area. Currently, the forecast indicates primarily a cold air mass with no precipitation expected.