Frigid temps hit the Northeast

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | Friday, February 12, 2016

Those traveling through the Northeast this weekend can expect frigid weather. Actually, the National Weather Service is predicting the region will feel the coldest temperatures for this time of year in more than a decade.

“The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern U.S. and will feature single-digit and subzero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine’s Day weekend,” according to AccuWeather.com. The National Weather Service referred to the weather as “life threatening.”

Forecasts call for temperatures as low as minus 10 in Albany, N.Y., minus 9 in Binghamton, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., and minus 3 in Boston. Wind chills are predicted to drop as low as 40 degrees below zero.

Heavy snow, which could include an additional foot by Sunday, is expected in the Great Lakes area. Winter storm warnings were in effect for parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

The National Weather Service of Sioux Falls, S.D., suggests that drivers east of Interstate 29 use caution. Wind gusts that could exceed 25 mph are likely to cause sporadic icy conditions. Snow is forecast this weekend along Interstate 30 in Iowa and Illinois.

However, the North and Northeast regions aren’t the only areas to be affected by an extreme drop in temperature. Most of Arkansas is expected to suffer a 15-20 degree drop in high temperature from Friday to Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Little Rock, Ark.

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