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Gusty winds picking up tonight as a strong cold front crosses, plus a dramatic drop in temperatures on the way!

Heavy rain possible tonight as cold front crosses, then gusty winds and snow squalls possible in the wake of this system!

HARRISBURG, Pa. —

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STRONG COLD FRONT: Heavy rain will be possible late tonight as a strong cold front swings through the area. Temperatures in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere will be dramatically cooling, creating the potential for some mixing on the back-end of the system.The threat for a wintry mix will be mainly north of the turnpike, but it's possible to see a few wet flakes elsewhere as well. Dry air behind the system will be filtering in quick with gusty winds and so this will limit the amount of moisture available. We should  be dry by the morning commute Thursday, and then we turn our attention to the possibility of gusty winds and snow squalls. 

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GUSTY WINDS: In the wake of the cold front that crosses through, gusty winds will be picking up Wednesday and Thursday. Wind Advisories will go into effect in anticipation of gusts up to 50 mph. With a bit of lingering moisture in the atmosphere, we will likely have to deal with the possibility of snow squalls on Thursday and Friday. Winds will still be breezy on Friday, but not as breezy as on Thursday. Temperatures will be frigid both days as highs fall back into the 30s and wind chills likely in the teens and low 20s! 

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CHILLY WEEKEND: This blast of cold air will linger a bit longer than the cold blasts we've had over the past couple of weeks. Temperatures will likely hover 10-15 degrees below average through Saturday with a nice recovery by the time we get to Sunday. Winds could still be a tad breezy on Saturday, which will likely be the coldest day with highs in the low 30s. After that, we start to feel the influence of a ridge of high pressure aloft which will be warming us up heading into next week.

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Have a great day!

- Chief Meteorologist MaryEllen Pann