Brace for the Arctic blast: Bitterly cold temperatures return to the Valley Thursday and Friday

If you've yet to break out the heavy jackets, coats and scarves, you may want to do so Thursday and Friday mornings.

The coldest air of the season is making its approach to the Valley, and temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to low 30s before sunrise on Thursday.

Thursday morning forecast low temperatures.

Thursday morning forecast low temperatures.

Afternoon highs will only reach the mid-40s, but this does not factor in the wind. Gusts as high as 15 to 20 mph from the northwest will make time outdoors  feel much colder -- wind chills will remain in the 30s for much of the day Thursday.

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By Thursday night into Friday morning, the coldest portion of the arctic blast will arrive in the Valley. Overnight temperatures will plummet to the mid-20s, providing the potential for freezing pipes within homes and businesses. Be sure to bring in pets or provide shelter for outdoor animals.

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Also be sure to bundle up the kids at the bus stop Friday morning: While temperatures will be in the 20s, the wind will make it feel more like the single digits to the teens. Avoid hypothermia and frostbite by wearing multiple layers and protecting vulnerable extremities like ears, fingers, and toes.

"Feels like" temperatures for Friday morning.

"Feels like" temperatures for Friday morning.

Thankfully, temperatures will moderate some heading into the weekend as the next rainy weather system pulls warmer, more humid air back into the Valley. Click here for more details regarding the weekend weather in the Valley.