At least 22 die in brutal cold across US

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

On Saturday, more than 110 million people will be affected by either a wind-chill warning or a weather advisory, covering the geographical area from the Great Lakes to New England, they said.

The cold snap comes as workers clear snow and ice from roadways after a blizzard clobbered the region on Thursday and Friday, forcing hundreds of schools to close, major airports to shut down because of whiteout conditions and several commuter rail services to suspend or reduce service. Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, three in North Carolina, and one each in Michigan, Missouri and North Dakota.

A woman watches as ocean waves overtop the seawall during a winter snow storm in the Boston suburb of Lynn.

In New York City, according to the National Weather Bureau, temperatures should reach 40 degrees this week. Both Philadelphia and NY were shivering at 8 degrees, with wind chills of -11 in Philadelphia and -9 in NY.

"Right now, the only thing I put on was just some gloves, a couple sweaters of course, like five or six of them, and two trousers basically and boots", Miah said. Meteorologists also predicted that thawing should begin on Monday and bring some relief. Before then, conditions will probably worsen. The record cold prompted many utilities to switch from natural gas to coal and oil for generation.

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The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which runs the airport, said it was working with airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration to limit flights into Kennedy on Saturday "until there are adequate gates available to handle the backlog of flights due to recovery of flight schedules in the wake of Thursday's storm". It tied for second place with Armstrong, Ontario, as the coldest spot in the world.

"The air hurt my face", Charlie Jessen, 25, an employee at the Superamerica gas station in Cotton, 36 miles (58 km) northwest of Duluth, said by phone.

In the more populous Northeast, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport set an all-time low for January 6 at 8 F (minus 13C), Oravec said. Some passengers endured more delays on Saturday after the wing of a China Southern plane clipped the tail of a Kuwait Airlines jet on the tarmac.

The usage appeared in a meteorological paper in 1980, and had been noted in prior decades among a handful of scientists to describe an extraordinary drop in atmospheric pressure, defined as at least 24 millibars in 24 hours, which requires a very dynamic- polar air collided with a subtropical stream, usually over the warm water of the Gulf Stream off the mid-Atlantic coast.

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