Frigid New Year’s Eve predicted, snowstorm Thursday

National Weather Service forecasters predict cold temperatures and strong winds for New Year’s Eve, with the potential for dangerous wind chill conditions, followed by a significant snowstorm at the end of the week.

The weather service predicts a chance of snow showers tomorrow evening, with temperatures in the low 20′s at midnight, and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour.

Forecasters are also calling for snow beginning Thursday on Martha’s Vineyard.

“There is potential for significant snow accumulation Thursday into Friday,” the weather service wrote in a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday evening. “Minor coastal flooding or splashover is possible at the midday high tides Thursday and Friday, mainly along the Eastern Massachusetts coastline. Below zero wind chills are possible Thursday through Saturday with potential for wind chills of 15 to 25 below Friday night.”

The new moon falls on Wednesday, New Year’s Day, triggering the highest tides of the lunar cycle, with potential to increase the threat of coastal flooding later in the week.