More than 15 million people in the northeastern United States braced for a “once in a generation” Arctic explosion on Friday and Saturday. As meteorologists warned that frigid weather could bring record low temperatures.
An arctic cold front is expected to bring wind chills of -50F (-45C) over parts of northern New England, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). warned Areas from northern Pennsylvania to Maine are likely to experience cold weather with dangerous winds.
The NWS said the frigid weather will continue into Saturday night. Ice storms in the northeast killed at least 10 people Thursday after a winter storm cut power to hundreds of thousands of Texans.
“Wind chill can be a once-in-a-generation cold,” the NWS said, urging people to stay indoors or take precautions to avoid frostbite and hypothermia quickly. The wind chill coefficient describes the combined effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.
In Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu Cold emergency declaration From Friday to Sunday, we opened a warming center to help people escape the cold.
In its recommendations, the city suggested that people wear several layers of loose, lightweight, warm clothing.
“Wear mittens over your gloves. Layering works on your hands, too,” the recommendation says. “Always wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.”
The NWS suggests that record cold temperatures could be recorded not only in New York City, but also in New York City and Providence, where gusts of 50 miles per hour were expected. TweetIt described the cold front as a “short-lived but impressive Arctic explosion”.
At Mount Washington State Park in New Hampshire, atop the highest peak in the Northeast, record-breaking cold winds of -110F (-79C) and wind speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour were expected.
“It’s definitely frigid,” Francis Tarasievic, a park meteorologist, told Reuters.
“Today is the fifth floor, which is seasonal, but it will hit soon,” he said of the cold winds heading to the Mount Washington Observatory, where staff take eight-day shifts to live in the mountains.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Snunu Said The state may be facing “the coldest air in years.” He advised people to stay indoors as much as possible and check on his neighbors, relatives and the elderly.
The state warned that frostbite could occur within 15 minutes at expected temperatures, and hypothermia could occur within 10 minutes at -30F (-34C).
The National Weather Service in Caribou, Maine, said, “This is an epic, generational outbreak in the Arctic. The front will cause cold weather “rarely seen in northern and eastern Maine.”
Maine Governor Janet Mills said: “Temperatures across the state this weekend will be very and dangerously cold.
“Be careful when you go out and ask your family, friends and neighbors if you are safe.”
Maine opens warming and charging centers in communities, governor’s office, statewide Said.
The good news is that the icy weather is expected to pass soon.
“This is about as short-lived as the cold snaps we get at this time of year. It’s already starting to cool off on Saturday night,” says The Weather Channel. Said.
As people in the northeast braced for the cold, temperatures in the south began to rise on Friday, with 430,000 people out of power on Thursday due to the cold weather.
In Austin, impatience was building among 150,000 customers almost two days after the lights first went out. Power outages have affected about 30% of customers in a city of nearly one million people at any time since Wednesday.
not like 2021 Texas Power Outageswhen hundreds of people died after the state power grid was pushed to the brink of complete failureThe power outage in Austin this time was largely the result of frozen equipment and ice-covered trees and limbs falling onto power lines.
Freezing is blamed for at least 10 road deaths Slippery road this week in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
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