A polar blast of cold air that’s descended on the northeast of the US has brought dangerously low temperatures and wind chills to the region.
Record-setting wind chill of – 78 C in northeast US
The Arctic air that descended on the US northeast brought dangerously cold sub-zero temperatures and wind chills to the region, including a record-setting wind chill of minus 78 C on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
Temperatures got so low that authorities in Massachusetts took the unusual step of keeping the South Station transit hub open overnight so homeless people had a safe place to sleep.
Several cities in the northeast set or tied record low temperatures for the date, while the high winds brought down a tree branch on a car in western Massachusetts killing an infant.
The Arctic air reached the region just as a rapid cyclogenesis developed over Labrador and Newfoundland, churning up powerful winds, Donald Dumont at the National Weather Service in Maine, said on Friday, explaining the temperature plunge.