This week's second blast of cold air is going to be a doozy.

Initial burst of chilly air? Check.

New Jersey's first snowflakes of the season? Check.

A blast of cold air that would make us shiver in the dead of winter? Coming soon...

Wednesday will be a fairly quiet weather day for the Garden State — quiet, but cool. Morning temperatures are mostly in the 30s. And you'll still want a jacket by the afternoon hours, with high temps limited to the lower 50s. (Keep in mind, normal highs right now are in the upper 50s.)

We should get a few breaks of sunshine as the day presses on, with light winds. I can't rule out a popup shower at some point, but it will certainly be drier than Tuesday and even Monday.

Mother Nature will provide one more reasonably pleasant day on Thursday. I'm still thinking sunshine will dominate the sky, as temperatures come close to seasonal normals, in the mid 50s.

Our next cold front is set to arrive Thursday night, and that's when the bottom drops out. Again, the temperatures and wind chills we're expecting for the end of the week would be frigid, even in January and February! Record-low high-temperatures will almost certainly be broken in the Garden State.

Here's the rundown of expected temperatures and wind chill ("feels like" or "apparent" temperatures):

--Friday Morning: Frost or freeze likely for almost all of NJ (away from the coast). Lows in the lower to mid 30s. Wind chills in the lower to mid 20s.

--Friday Afternoon: Not much improvement. Highs only in the mid to upper 30s. Wind chills stuck in the 20s all day.

--Saturday Morning: Coldest morning of the season so far, with a widespread hard freeze. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

--Saturday Afternoon: Lighter winds, but still quite cold. Highs near 40.

--Sunday: Warmer, but still below normal for mid-November. Highs in the lower 50s.

Hey, at least we'll have plenty of sunshine to cut through the chill, and this blast of unseasonable cold is temporary. Plus, there's no significant snow (or rain) in the forecast for the next 5 to 7 days.

Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest forecast and realtime weather updates.

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