Warning as arctic blast bringing freezing temperatures, snow, and rain to northern US can lead to frostbite in MINUTES01/11/2022
AN arctic blast battering the northern US is bringing minus 45-degree Fahrenheit temperatures that could lead to frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning on Tuesday as up to 15million people were expected to be subjected to the freezing temperatures, snow, and rain.
Forecasters said that Tuesday will be the coldest day of the season so far.
It comes after Monday morning's temperatures in Minnesota were on par with temperatures measured at the North Pole, Accuweather reports.
"Dangerous cold across southern New England today as arctic air invades," the NWS said in its forecast.
It added that the wind chills "could result in hypothermia if you are not careful so please be sure to limit outdoor exposure and bundle up if spending time outside."
"Also, don't forget your pets," the warning continued.
The plunging temperatures mark the coldest that some northeastern states have experienced in three years.
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'The coldest air of the season thus far will arrive for a majority of the Northeast and portions of the mid-Atlantic by Tuesday as arctic air plunges into the northern US," explained AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert.
It could cause "frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes" if wind chills drop as low as 35 and 40 below zero.
In New York state, Tuesday morning brought 20 to 30 mph winds and a temperature feel of below zero.
The temperature is expected to climb only to the lower teens throughout the rest of the day.
New York City started the day with slighter higher temperatures as commuters bundled up for the 17-degree weather.
Temperatures in the Big Apple have not dropped below 20 degrees for an entire day since January 2019, the NWS said.
Further upstate, Buffalo was reporting 10-degree weather.
More than a foot of snow was expected to cover the ground in the Tug Hill Plateau of New York and parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
In Pennsylvania, temperatures were expected to be 15 to 20 degrees below normal, the coldest since February 1, 2019, according to Lehigh Valley Live.
“You’re not going to be warm by any means,” meteorologist Bobby Martrich said despite the sunny skies.
“That (cold) trough is really digging in today.”
In Massachusetts, a further arctic blast was expected later on Tuesday after the day began with light snow.
Schools in Boston were closed due to the extremely cold temperatures after the snow dropped visibility to under a mile in some parts of the state.
As of Tuesday morning, the lowest windchill in the state was in North Adams at -23 degrees.
Temperatures across Massachusetts were expected to remain in the teens throughout Tuesday with the wind chill dropping the feel to below zero.
Bill Simpson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the agency’s Boston office, told MassLive that the second blast of arctic cold could break a record for the lowest daytime high.
"For the Boston area, I think it’s safe to say that Tuesday will be the coldest day in three years — since January 2019," Dan DePodwin, Director of Forecast Operations at AccuWeather, added.
Temperatures in Rhode Island were also not expected to reach into the 20s for the day as it began with 15-degree weather.
It is forecast to feel as cold as five degrees below zero with seven to 14 mph winds from the northwest.
Temperatures will drop further to seven degrees over Tuesday night.
Elsewhere in the county, the Midwest and South also faced plummeting temperatures.
It was expected to drop to 29 degrees in Atlanta, 22 degrees in Nashville, 6 degrees in Detroit, 4 degrees in Chicago, and negative 6 degrees in Green Bay, Wisconsin, NWS reports.
ARCTIC BLAST CONTINUES
In Chicago, temperatures on Monday only reached as high as 16 degrees.
Generally, at this time of year, the weather in the city stays around freezing point in the afternoon, Accuweather said.
However, on Monday, it fell to a teeth-shattering minus six.
The temperatures in Caribou, Maine, are not forecast to rise above the 0-degree Fahrenheit mark all of Tuesday.
This is the first time it will fail to reach over zero for a full day since March 2017.
The arctic blast is forecast to continue until Wednesday morning when southwest winds will intervene to moderate the temperature.
The worst of the wind chill is expected to end by 11am.
"By Wednesday, the coldest air is expected to make its journey out of much of the Northeast," said Gilbert.
Temperatures are forecast to rise even further by Thursday reaching the 40s in some parts of the region.
Yet a reinforcing cold front overnight could cause them to dive once more by Friday.
Homeowners are warned to take extra care to ensure that pipes don't burst as temperatures drop and the heating demand rises.
Drivers are also urged to ensure they have an emergency cold weather king in their vehicles in case of a breakdown.
The NWS said the brutally cold air can be tracked back to Alaska.
It had moved across Canada before hitting the Northeast.
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