Arctic-like conditions chill Midwest, Northeast «
In Chicago, the temperature hovered near 14 below zero and it felt like 36 below zero with wind chill, according to the Weather Channel. Further South, the temperature in Nashville, Tenn. fell to 10 degrees. In some places, it could feel as cold as 60 degrees below zero, the National Weather Service said.
Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, was a balmy 43 degrees by comparison and New York City had warmed up to 55 degrees just a few days after enduring its first major snowstorm of the year. Yet temperatures in both cities were expected to hit single digits by Tuesday morning.
The Arctic-like cold front was also forecast to dump up to a foot of snow from the eastern Plains to the Great Lakes, with freezing rain over parts of northern New England and the northern mid-Atlantic areas.
The snowstorm has stymied the airline industry and caused numerous delays. New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was briefly closed Sunday morning after a Delta /quotes/zigman/463579/delayed/quotes/nls/dal DAL -1.61% flight skidded off the runway following a safe landing.
Click to Play Time-Lapse: Storm blows into N.Y.C.A winter storm brings snow and frigid temperatures to the Northeast U.S. This time-lapse video shows the storm slamming New York City from 7 p.m. Eastern Thursday to 7:30 a.m. Friday.
The wintry blast, which some weather experts called a “polar vortex,” is expected to last until early this week, according to forecasting services. A polar vortex is a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air that usually stays in Canada but is now making its way across the U.S.
Frostbite could occur after five to 10 minutes outside in the frigid temperatures if people don’t cover up, according to Weather.com. Experts advise people to dress in layers and ensure as little skin is exposed as possible.
The impact of the heavy snowfall was felt in the Midwest and Northeast, resulting in school closures and government office shutdowns.
Students in Minnesota stayed home for the first time since 1997 after the governor closed public schools when temperatures fell to minus 30 degrees, or as low as minus 50 when accounting for wind chill.
Chicago was due to see some of the lowest temperatures in three decades over the next few days, with projections ranging from minus 30 degrees to minus 50 degrees. For Monday, forecasters were calling for a daytime high of 12 degrees below zero.
Despite the bitter cold, a sellout crowd still gathered at Wisconsin’s open-air Lambeau Field to see the San Francisco 49ers nip the Green Bay Packers in an NFL playoff game. Some reports said the conditions for the game were among “the coldest ever.” The stadium rewarded fans by offering them two free hot drinks apiece.
in Indianapolis, Mayor Greg Ballard set a level-red travel alert, making it illegal to drive, except for emergency workers.