A frozen Iron Pier. File photo: Peter Blasl

Motorists are advised to use caution on local roads this morning, as areas of black ice developed overnight.

A period of extreme cold is in the forecast as an arctic front passes through the region this afternoon and evening. Arctic high pressure then builds into the area through the end of the work week, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Strong west winds will gust to up to 50 mph this afternoon and evening. A wind advisory is in effect from 1 to 7 p.m.

Morning sunshine will give way to increasing clouds as an arctic cold front approaches the region, according to the National Weather Service. The front is likely to bring a period of snow showers or snow squalls to the region this afternoon, along with strong gusty winds.

Brief whiteout conditions and a quick coating to an inch of snow are possible with snow squalls on the East End, the weather service said. This could make for a hazardous travel conditions for the evening commute.

Temperatures will dip into the single digits tonight, when will chill values will reach 10 below zero, the weather service said in a statement. There is a chance of light freezing rain after midnight tonight and tomorrow morning.

Wind chill values of 10-below are expected during the overnight hours Thursday and early morning Friday.

Temperatures are expected to moderate into the upper 30s and low 40s over the weekend, the weather service said.

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