WILKES-BARRE — It was a balmy 37 degrees in Moscow, Russia, and 34 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday.
Those temperatures in areas of the world known to be frigid will seem like a heat wave compared to what is in store for Northeastern Pennsylvania through Saturday.
Up to 4 inches of snow, extreme cold temperatures and even dangerous wind chills are in the forecast for our neck of the woods.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton, New York, has issued a wind child watch through Saturday afternoon, and a winter weather advisory for up to 4 inches of snow by Thursday night.
A blast of Arctic air will arrive Thursday night with northwest winds gusting as high as 25 mph to 35 mph as temperatures plummet through Saturday.
Wind chills could range from 15- to 25-below zero Thursday night into Friday, and from 25- to 35-below zero Friday night into Saturday, according to the NWS.
Those conditions can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.
The dangerous Arctic air will move into the region as a major winter storm moves up the East Coast.
Temperatures will reach only about 20 degrees Thursday, and the highs Friday and Saturday will be in the low single digits, the National Weather Service reports.