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Northwest wind around 10 miles per hour.

Hard freeze warning for all of central Alabama until 9 a.m. Friday.

Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 54.

Another round of arctic air is set to move into Southside Virginia by Thursday, bringing gusty winds and more bitter cold. Accumulation of 3 to 5 inches was possible in eastern North Carolina.

Friday Night: Patchy frost after 1 am. Monday's low fell to minus 16 degrees at the National Weather Service's Purdue Airport station in adjacent West Lafayette.

Monday: Sunny with a high near 52. The temperature at the Herscher Fire Department stood at a mere minus 15.8, but it also felt like minus 30 there because of the wind chill. North wind around 10 miles per hour. Howard County was under a wind chill warning Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. East northeast wind 5 to 15 miles per hour.

The next chance for snow is not until next early next week, when there could be snow flurries.

The icy conditions also were hampering early morning travel in Florida, as authorities were forced to shut a stretch of Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee.

This increase in warmer temperatures will be accompanied by the first chance for rain for this area in a while. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southeast wind around 5 miles per hour. Wind chill between -2 and -7 degrees. Mostly cloudy with a high near 57. West northwest wind around 5 miles per hour becoming calm in the evening.

In Nebraska, temperatures hit 15 below zero (-26 Celsius) before midnight Sunday in Omaha, breaking a record low dating to 1884.

As for the 1 p.m. Sunday playoff game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, the forecast is for mostly sunny skies and a high near 54. North northeast wind around 10 miles per hour. Northeast wind 5 to 10 miles per hour.

So far, Brick and Bayville in Ocean County have reported the most snow - 18 inches on the ground as of Thursday evening.

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