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Cold snap expected this week throughout the region

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It’ll be a cold week ahead for the north country, as a second batch of Arctic winds pushes its way down to the northern half of America.

Andrew N. Loconto, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Burlington, Vt., office, said that though temperatures will be slightly higher than in the recent cold snap that hit the region, it will feel very similar.

“The average person is going to say ‘This is cold,’” he said.

The service projected that low temperatures will start today in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties, as a southwest flow of cold air goes over Lake Ontario, dropping about 4 inches of snow this afternoon and evening. A wind advisory was issued from 1 to 10 p.m. today. During that time, the service projected southwest winds from 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 mph.

The coldest portions of the week will be from Monday night to Tuesday night, with highs in the single digits and nighttime lows ranging from zero to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

In St. Lawrence County, the wind chill could drop to as low as minus 30 degrees.

Mr. Loconto said the majority of snowfall connected to the dropping temperatures will occur south of the Tug Hill region.

Low temperatures will continue through the week, until temperatures rise into the 20s on Friday.

The NWS advisory can be viewed online at http://wdt.me/vmpuv3.

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