High pressure will sponsor dry weather through tomorrow, but unsettled weather makes a quick return Thursday.
Clear skies, calm winds and fresh snow pack will provide an opportunity for record cold tonight.
The forecast low temperature in the Hartford area tonight is 17, which would tie the record set back in 1982.
It will be tougher to tie the record along the shoreline, as the forecast calls for a low of 21 while the record is 19.
Tomorrow afternoon should be a tad warmer than today with highs in the lower 40s as skies start out mostly sunny but turn cloudy in the afternoon.
An area of low pressure rides west of the region on Thursday.
Showers will begin Thursday morning and turn into a steady rain by afternoon. Thunder is possible. Temperatures will rise into the middle 50s.
A lingering rain shower is possible Friday, but more importantly, Friday serves as a transition day.
The weekend will be exceptionally cold for the time of year.
High temperatures only be in the upper 40s Saturday and lower 40s Sunday.
A few flurries are possible Saturday as a storm misses out to sea.
Sunday should be the brighter of the two days with mostly sunny skies.
Early next week looks unsettled with moderating temperatures.
Showers are in the forecast on Monday and Tuesday, and highs will return to the 60s on Tuesday.