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Dangerously cold weather expected this weekend with possible wind chill readings ranging from -15 to -30

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A storm this weekend is expected to bring bitter cold temperatures that will create dangerous conditions for anyone outside on Saturday night. 

A wind chill warning has been issued for all of Connecticut except for southern portions of Fairfield, New Haven, and Middlesex Counties where a wind chill advisory has been issued. These alerts go into effect Saturday afternoon and they won’t expire until noon Sunday.

WFSB Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said an Arctic front from Canada is expected to bring bitter cold temperatures starting late Saturday morning and into Saturday afternoon.

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

 DePrest said the polar vortex will bring New England dangerously cold air.

“Southern New England.  Northwesterly winds could gust to 40 mph or higher sending wind chill temperatures down to -15 to -25 by tomorrow evening.  The actual air temperature will fall below zero in parts of the state by tomorrow evening,” DePrest said.

By Sunday morning, DePrest said the state will be in the clear. 

For a list of warming centers, head here.

There is the possibility of record cold on both weekend days.

The Feb. 13 record for the greater Hartford area is -7, which was set in 1967. For Bridgeport, it's -2, also set in 1967.

"By Sunday afternoon, the wind will start to relax a bit," WFSB Meteorologist Mark Dixon said. "But it won't be until next week that temperatures finally warm above freezing."

For Valentine's Day, greater Hartford's record is -9 from 1979. In Bridgeport, it's 3, which was set it 2015. The latter will likely be broken. 

Then, the state could have to contend with a significant coastal storm Monday into Tuesday.

"At the onset it will be snow that falls, but it will transition to a mix then to rain as warm air surges into the region," Dixon said.

Temps could reach into the 40s by the time Tuesday is over.

The storm should be gone by Wednesday.

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