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US east coast shivers on amid extreme sub-zero temperatures

US east coast shivers on amid extreme sub-zero temperatures

The storm that swept in on Thursday with gusts of more than 113 km per hour, dumped 56 cms of snow in parts of ME and 43 cm in parts of MA, before ending on Friday, the National Weather Service said. The coldest high for Hartford 9 degrees was set in 1912.

Millions were experiencing frigid wind chills this weekend, from the Great Lakes to New England.

The closest experience we've had to this kind of event was the Blizzard of January 1978, when the pressure plummeted to 28.47 inches Columbus, and a wind gust peaked at 69 miles per hour, as the temperature plunged to near zero and the snow piled up in historic 10- to 25-foot drifts.

In Burlington, Vermont, people battled temperatures of minus 18C and a wind chill of minus 34C. Or as meteorologists say, it's the "feels-like" temperature.

"As wind increases in speed, it increases the rate of heat loss on your body making you feel colder than it actually is", Van Dam said.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for Niagara County through 7 a.m. Sunday, cautioning residents to expect "dangerously cold wind chills" ranging from 15 below zero to 25 below zero.

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And when the wind chill registers below minus 50, it would take only five minutes for exposed skin to develop frostbite. Authorities said that three homeless people in Texas died from exposure to the cold.

It dumped more than a foot of snow across eight states, deluged streets in MA with icy water and is now bringing extremely strong northwest winds and frigid arctic air to the US. A 75-year old man died after sustaining life-threatening injuries from a snowplow he was using. Four people were reported killed in the southeastern states of North and SC, where icy roads sent vehicles skittering. Temperatures in Boston and other parts of New England are not expected to climb out of the single digits, Fahrenheit, this weekend.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed Friday that water levels in Boston broke the record set during a massive blizzard in 1978.

Video from a resident of Hull, just to the southeast of Boston, showed the icy mess inundating one street with water above the wheel wells of cars and coming up to the doors of homes.

The storm that delivered the wintry deluge has battered coastal communities in MA. Firefighters and the National Guard scrambled to rescue dozens of residents stranded by freezing water pushing in from the Atlantic.


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