Gusty winds, not snow, will be the biggest impact of the next winter storm for the Seacoast despite the weekend's frigid temperatures.

Temperatures Saturday night will drop just below zero with a wind chill of -12 thanks to northwest winds of 5-10 mph gusting to 20 mph.

A storm system will track through New England, bringing warmer air that will push temperatures above freezing in the early morning hours of Monday on the Seacoast. Winds will swing around from the south.

Precipitation that starts as snow during those pre-dawn hours will turn to rain as temperatures settle in the mid 40s.

The storm will also bring winds of 15-20 mph with gusts near 60 mph towards the immediate coast. A High Wind Watch is in effect late Sunday night through Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service warns that the strong winds could blow down trees and power lines, causing power outages.

Inland, the storm will bring 3-4 inches of snow to the Lakes Region and 8-12 inches in the mountains.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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