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Wind Chill watch issued as deep freeze is expected

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A deep freeze is expected to kick in for the state this weekend.

A wind chill watch is in effect for the whole state of Connecticut from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. 

Some parts of the state saw snow showers on Thursday, however any lingering flurries will end by Thursday night.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said Thursday night will bring clear skies, and temperatures will dip, but the wind will subside.

By Friday, Connecticut is looking at highs in the 20s as a cold front arrives.

"A southwesterly breeze will develop in advance of an arctic cold front, but it won’t be too strong," DePrest said, adding that a few snow showers could reach the state by Friday evening.

The arctic front will sweep across southern New England Friday night, with snow showers, and possibly some heavier snow squalls.

Track any snow showers with the Early Warning Pinpoint Loop here.

Temperatures will dip into the single digits and teens by late Friday night, and wind chills will drop well below zero, DePrest said.

"This weekend we will have to deal with the harshest weather of the winter season. We are talking about bitterly cold weather that could be life threatening to us AND our pets if proper precautions are not taken," DePrest said.

Temperatures could be well below 0.

For a while Saturday, temperatures will hold steady in the single digits and teens, but they will trend downward during the afternoon.

Winds could gust to 40 mph or higher, sending wind chill temperatures down to -5 to -25 before the day is over.

"The actual air temperature will plunge to -5 to -20 Saturday night," DePrest said. "Wind chill readings will likely plummet to -15 to -30!"

Despite plenty of sunshine on Sunday, temperatures won't go higher than the low and middle teens.

There is the possibility of record cold for both Saturday and Sunday.

The forecast prompted Gov. Dannel Malloy to activate the state's cold weather protocol. A list of warming centers can be found here.

Next week, the state could see another winter storm.

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