Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday as snow storm nears, followed by Polar Vortex, the sequel

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PIX11 WEATHER CENTER — A one-two punch of a Winter Storm Watch coupled with another shot of Polar Vortex air will make you nostalgic for Monday’s mild weather.

Highs will  reach the mid 40s Monday afternoon, but quickly plunge into the teens as a cold front moves through.

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On Tuesday, a fast-moving Alberta Clipper will bring accumulating snow to much of the area.  A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for portions of the tri-state area.  We can expect snow to start during the late morning and continue through afternoon.  Accumulations will be from 1 to 3 inches across the northern and western suburbs, and 3 to 6 inches in  New York City, Long Island and central and southern New Jersey.

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Arctic air will return by the middle of the week as high pressure  brings frigid temperatures back to the tri-state area.  High temperatures on Wednesday will struggle to reach the 20-degree mark with overnight lows dropping to the single digits in spots.  It will also be breezy as this air mass invades the region.  Wind chills will be in the single digits to below zero in certain areas as gusty winds will continue through much of the week.

Temperatures will begin to rebound over the weekend, but we’ll still get some  scattered snow showers.

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