Arctic blast drops temperatures to 45 degrees below zero with 15m people under wind chill alert for coldest air in years

AN Arctic blast dropped temperatures to 45 degrees below zero, leaving 15million people under a wind chill alert for the coldest air in years.

Monday was the coldest day for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. It’s possible that there will be heavy lake effect snow later in the week.

Gusty winds sweeping through the area will make it feel colder than the actual air temperature.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning, saying "the dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes."

About 5million people were under lake effect snow alerts across the Great Lakes. A “mega” lake effect snow alert stretched from the shore of Lake Ontario all the way to western Massachusetts.

The lake effect snow could potentially bring snow to places such as Buffalo and Syracuse in New York and Cleveland.

Severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornados have also hit states such as Alabama, which was hit by a cold front on Sunday that has since cleared and moved into the Atlantic.

The Northeast and New England sections of the US have recorded temperatures as low as 35 degrees below zero.

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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,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert.

New York City recorded its lowest temperature so far in 2022 at 19 degrees on January 4, said Gilbert. 

About 10 flights were canceled by airports in the city, according to FlightAware. Other cancelations have been reported throughout the country. 

Washington DC had five flights canceled.

Newark International Airport canceled 21 of its incoming flights for Monday. LaGuardia Airport had 14 incoming flights canceled.

Buffalo, New York might have significant snowfall on Monday, with up to three feet of snow.

The highest temperatures in Boston are anticipated to barely rise into the lower teens for Tuesday, according to meteorologists. 

City officials in Boston said Monday that schools in the area will be closed on Tuesday due to the extreme cold.

“For the Boston area, I think it’s safe to say that Tuesday will be the coldest day in three years—since January 2019,” said Dan DePodwin, Director of Forecast Operations at AccuWeather.

Bitter cold temperatures are expected to be present in North Central states on Monday night. Temperatures in Chicago should remain in the mid-teens, according to AccuWeather.

Other cities further up north such as Duluth, Minnesota won’t have their temperatures go above zero degrees for most of the day.

Commuters are advised to prep their vehicles with emergency cold weather kits in case of a breakdown. Homeowners should also protect their pipes in case they freeze.

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