SHELTON WEATHER UPDATE: Bone-chilling cold tonight, snow early next week

Forget about spring fever because it’s going to get bone-chilling cold tonight — and remain much colder than average into early next week, when the area could get hit with a substantial amount of snow.

As of 7:15 p.m. in Shelton, the temperature is 21 degrees and dropping.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Special Weather Statement today warning that temperatures will drop to about zero tonight, with strong winds leading to a wind chill factor of up to 15-below zero. There’s also the likelihood of some snow.

Arctic front brings winds, cold temps

“An Arctic front will cross the region early this evening,” the NWS said. “Scattered snow showers, which may be briefly heavy, are expected with the frontal passage.”

The front will bring sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, and gusts up to 45 mph, with the winds slowing down somewhat after midnight.

The temperature will drop down to zero or the very low single digits by daybreak Friday, with an overnight wind chill factor of 5-below to 15-below.

March brings ... cold and snow

The forecast for the following days isn’t very spring-like either, despite the arrival of March on Saturday. The expected overnight low on Friday night is 5 degrees, ushering in the new month.

A major snowstorm could pass through the region late Sunday night into Monday, with some forecasters saying the area could get a half foot of the white stuff over an extended period.

Here is the NWS prediction for the coming days in Shelton:

Saturday:  Party sunny with a daytime high of 31 degrees, and nighttime low of 24 degrees.

Sunday:  Snow in the morning and then again in the late evening, with a daytime high of 29 degrees and nighttime low of 18 degrees.

Monday:  Snow for much of the day with a daytime high of 21 degrees, and a nighttime low of 7 degrees.