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Bitterly cold air arrives in the Tennessee Valley late this week

Temperature anomaly at 850 millibars Thursday into Friday. The pool of Arctic air plunges south into the United States (Image: WeatherBell Analytics/ECMWF)

Temperature anomaly at 850 millibars Thursday into Friday. The pool of Arctic air plunges south into the United States (Image: WeatherBell Analytics/ECMWF)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Our first taste of Arctic air this winter arrives late this week.

After having the warmest fall on record in most spots, temperatures may struggle to get above freezing in some areas Thursday and Friday afternoon.

Forecast feels like temperatures at 6 a.m. Friday, December 9 (Image: WHNT News 19)

Forecast feels like temperatures at 6 a.m. Friday, December 9 (Image: WHNT News 19)

Not only will it turn sharply colder, a fierce north wind will push the feels like temperature well down into the teens Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Arctic cold front will move through Thursday morning and temperatures will fall through the afternoon. Thursday will be a day where the official high temperature occurs before the sun comes up.

Temperatures Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon will be as many as 10 to 20 degrees below average.