After snow, U.S. midwest, northeast brace for potential record cold

A man jogs through the snow in Riverside Park in upper Manhattan in New York City. Credit: Reuters
A man jogs through the snow in Riverside Park in upper Manhattan in New York City.
Credit: Reuters

Frigid temperatures gripped a wide swath of the U.S. Midwest and Northeast on Saturday, as the regions dug out from a deadly snow storm and braced for another blast of dangerous winter weather.

A new round of Arctic air will bring potentially record low temperatures in areas from Montana to Michigan starting this weekend, with the extremely cold air pushing eastward and blanketing the Northeast by early Tuesday, said Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Blizzard conditions are expected in the Central Plains and Great Lakes regions, Oravec said.

Pittsburgh could see temperatures about 11 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 24 Celsius) by the early hours of Tuesday. Chicago could be about negative 20 (minus 29 Celsius), he said.

“Incredibly, it may feel as cold as negative 50 to negative 60 (minus 45 to minus 51 Celsius) on Sunday night over sections of the north-central states,” the National Weather Service said. In those conditions, frost bite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes, forecasters warned.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all public schools in the state closed on Monday to protect children from dangerously cold weather.

Chicago schools will be open Monday despite the cold but officials, in a statement, advised parents to “use their own discretion in deciding whether to send their child to school.”

The storm comes on the heels of a massive winter weather system that slammed the Midwest and northeastern United States just after New Year’s Day, causing several deaths, grounding thousands of flights and forcing the closure of schools and government offices.

Snow and icy conditions have snarled air travel in recent days, and on Saturday delays and cancellations continued to cause headaches for travelers.

A total of 993 flights had been canceled across the United States and 4,211 flights were delayed, with Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey among the hardest-hit, according to tracking firm FlightAware.com.

Airlines canceled more than 180 flights at O’Hare on Saturday, according to the airport.

Molly Cox, who was in New York City for New Year’s Eve, said she missed her Friday night flight home to Denver because LaGuardia Airport was “a disaster.”

“I was told I wouldn’t be able to get a flight out until Sunday,” she said. “With all the cancellations, all of the airlines seem to be having this kind of chaos.”

BOSTON HIT HARD

Boston was especially hard-hit by the first major storm of 2014, logging about 18 inches of snow on Friday, while some towns north of New England’s largest city saw close to 2 feet of accumulation.

Police and the National Guard rescued 10 people from five beachside houses in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where flooding occurred, according to the Boston Globe.

But life has begun to return to normal in Boston. The city lifted its snow emergency at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Richard Walsh, a spokesman for Massport, the agency that operates Boston’s Logan International Airport, said the airfield was clear on Saturday morning.

“The airlines are back on their schedules” and were busy “accommodating passengers affected by the storm,” he said.

New York City got about 7 inches and was slammed with overnight air temperatures hovering under the freezing mark.

Firefighters at a massive lumber warehouse blaze in Brooklyn early on Saturday encountered several frozen hydrants, said a spokesman with the New York Fire Department.

Washington received more than 2 inches of snow in the storm, Philadelphia roughly 5 inches and Hartford 7 inches. (U.S. snowfall: link.reuters.com/zym75v)

Connecticut woke Saturday to record low temperatures in some areas, marking negative 9 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 23 Celsius) at Bradley International Airport.

Plows and salt spreaders were deployed across East Coast cities to try and clear roads, but freezing temperatures overnight left many streets an icy slick.

WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS

The weather was a factor in several deaths and hundreds of reported road accidents. A 22-year-old man in Connecticut died on Friday when his car slammed a Department of Transportation truck, state police said. In Ohio, authorities say at least two people were killed on Thursday in weather-related crashes.

A Philadelphia city worker was killed after a machine he was using was crushed by a mound of rock salt on Thursday, according to local media.

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, the temperature plummeted to -18 degrees Fahrenheit (-28 C) on Friday, breaking a record for the date set in 1979, according to the National Weather Service.

With the new frigid air moving in, a National Football League wild card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field was expected to rank among the coldest matches on record, local officials said.

Some 40,000 tickets to the game have been sold, according to the Packers team.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.