As Bob Dylan once sang, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

And it’s the same case with the bitter cold temperatures.

Venturing outside has been brutal, especially with strong winds that made it feel like 10 below.

And, the bitter temperatures will continue for several more days with a good chance of snow in the forecast.

Tuesday was the eighth consecutive day temperatures have not risen above 32 degrees.

The National Weather Service forecast says the “warmest” day this week will be Wednesday with a high of 28 along the Long Island Sound shoreline and about 2 degrees colder inland.

“It’s a little unusual for it to get this cold in late December and early January,” said Mike Bettes, a meteorologist with The Weather Channel, in a telephone interview. “Usually, the peak of the cold weather arrives in late January.”

He explained that the current cold snap is being caused by a large, abnormally strong, high pressure system that’s pumping cold air from Canada in the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

“Temperatures might go briefly above freezing early next week,” he said. “But it will not be what you might call warm.”

He said the long-term forecast in calling for above-average temperatures around the third week of January, “but it will likely turn colder after that.”

The last time temperatures were above freezing was on Christmas Day when the high reached 39 at both Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford and Tweed/New Haven Airport in East Haven. Danbury’s high peaked at 37 and White Plains airport, near Greenwich, had 35 degrees.

The big freeze brought December’s average temperature two degrees below normal. In Stratford, Sikorsky airport’s average December temperature was 33.4 degrees, Danbury had an average temperature of just 29 degrees.

Cold temperature records

The new year brought new cold temperature records Monday across Connecticut.

Records were broken in Danbury, New Haven and White Plains airport.

Danbury set a new record with a low temperature of -1 degrees. It also set a record for the lowest high temperature when the thermometer hit 15 degrees just before 3 p.m.

Oxford’s low temperature was -2 degrees.

The coldest temperature Monday at White Plains airport was 4 degrees, a new record.

Tweed-New Haven Airport also set a new cold temperature record with 3 degrees.

New records will likely be set toward the end of the week with daytime highs around 9 degrees on Friday and 11 on Saturday.

Sikorsky in Stratford saw a low temperature of 2 degrees, enough to beat the 3 degrees set in 1963.

Snow in the forecast

Forecasts are keeping an an eye on a nor’easter that’s expected to develop on Wednesday night.

Just how much snow we could get depends on the track of the storm system.

“The track of the storm will be critical — certainly eastern Connecticut will be at greater risk,” Bettes said. “But it looks like there will be some very strong winds associated with that system — hurricane strength in places. A very small wobble could bring significant snow to all of Connecticut.”

Current forecast models project 1 to 3 inches for western Connecticut; more is likely in the eastern part of the state.

“And it will remain cold — whatever snow falls will indeed stick,” he said.

The NWS says snowfall was above normal in December. Sikorsky airport received 8.7 inches (3.6 inches above normal).

Thursday: Snow. Steady temperature around 24. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 9.

Friday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 14. Breezy.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 0.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 11.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 1.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 20.