Weather-weary New Yorkers begging for a break from the bitter cold will see a brief rise in temperatures Wednesday — just enough to have hope before a blast of snow blankets the area. Then it’s back to the deep freeze.
That’s the brutal outlook from busy meteorologists, whose frosty forecasts have made them as popular as dentists and telemarketers. With words like “polar” and “vortex” and “arctic” and “blast,” the weather watchers have supplied an ongoing narration to Jack Frost’s frigid frenzy.
“I hate being in New York right now only because of this cold,” tweeted Mike Scudiero, a college radio station host in Riverhead, L.I., where temperatures hovered around 19 degrees Tuesday evening.
“It’s gonna be 1 degree in air temperature Saturday night. ONE DEGREE!! That means the feel could be 15 below for all we know!! CRAZY.” Not as crazy as in upstate Erie County, where near-blizzard conditions were responsible for a 75-car pileup on Interstate 90 just outside of Buffalo.
Tourists bundled up to brave the arctic blast hitting New York City, along with nearly the rest of the country.
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The 45-mph winds made the trip seem like a drive through a giant snow globe. Officials there put out a lake-effect snow warning with predictions of up to 12 inches of powdery white nuisance.
The flakes will be part of a monster “bomb cyclone” that will pummel coastal locations from Georgia to Maine with ice and snow. Forecasters coined the term because the storm’s pressure is predicted to fall so fast that its strength is expected to be explosive.
New York City will get hit with up to 4 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
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Across social media, people posted print screens of their weather apps recording temperatures that ranged from 10 degrees in Maine to 14 degrees in Atlanta, the city often described as HotLanta. At least three people have died in the Midwest due to subzero temperatures, which authorities said have been compounded by bone-rattling wind chills.
Warnings from the National Weather Service covered a swath of the country, hitting basically everywhere east of Montana and north of Texas. That included much of the South, where New Orleans chilled to 26 degrees early Tuesday.
Alabama saw low temperatures ranging from 8 to 20 degrees Tuesday morning throughout the state. It was one of several Southern states — along with Louisiana and Mississippi — to open warming shelters as below-freezing temperatures gripped the comparatively warm region.
The cold water caused parts of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to freeze.
Texas, where snow hit even Austin, was plagued with icy roads, leading to accidents throughout the Lone Star state.
Students in Indianapolis who were supposed to go back after winter break got an extra day off Tuesday, because below-zero temperatures closed schools.
The 15 below zero recorded in Omaha, Neb., late Sunday shattered a 133-year-old record for the city. At least two deaths in Milwaukee have been attributed to the frigid weather.
The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office said bodies of a 34-year-old man and another man in his 50s, both discovered Sunday, had signs of hypothermia.
A 52-year-old man’s frozen body was found Saturday near the Missouri River in Bismarck, N.D. The storage-freezer feeling returns to New York on Thursday night ahead a bitterly cold weekend where temperatures won’t climb out of the teens. And Saturday’s expected low will be a brisk 4 degrees.
With News Wire Services