Weather in the Tri-State area was beginning to look the way it should near the end of January, with snow squalls and the season's coldest temperatures forecast going into the month's final weekend.
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By noon Thursday, snow showers had arrived in Trenton, N.J., and the National Weather Service predicted that parts of the state could experience squalls dumping an inch or 2 of snow in a short period of time.
The squalls were accompanying a cold front that was expected to drop temperatures into the teens overnight, with temperatures in the single digits in the New Jersey's northwest corner. On Friday, temperatures were expected to stay well below freezing throughout the region.
Friday's forecast lows would be the coldest temperatures in New Jersey since December 2005, said David Robinson, state climatologist at Rutgers University. The cold snap was the result of the jet stream finally pulling down cold air over the Arctic from Siberia, said Robinson.
Temperatures in coming days were expected to bounce back to highs in the 30s, with lows in the 20s. But the weather in coming weeks is expected to stay cold, authorities said.
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