Deadly, bone-chilling cold continues to grip the US and break record-low temperatures with a major blizzard predicted to bring more than a FOOT of snow and ‘hurricane-force’ winds to the Northeast

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings on Tuesday covering a vast area across the US
The bone-chilling cold is gripping the vast area from South Texas to Canada and from Montana through to New England
On top of frigid temperatures, a major blizzard is expected to bring more than a foot of snow and ‘hurricane-force’ winds to the Northeast later this week
School districts in Iowa, Massachusetts, Indianapolis and Northeast Ohio canceled or delayed the start of classes on Tuesday
The cold has been attributed in at least eight deaths in the past week

EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
2 January 2018

Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the US as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to several deaths that authorities attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings on Tuesday covering a vast area from South Texas to Canada and from Montana through to New England.

On top of frigid temperatures across the country, a major blizzard is expected to bring more than a foot of snow and ‘hurricane-force’ winds to the Northeast later this week.

Snow is expected to drop from northeastern Florida – a subtropical area – up to Canada late Wednesday and into Thursday.

The bitter cold wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday as temperatures plunged below zero, including in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where the mercury dropped to a record-breaking minus 32. The city’s previous New Year’s Day record had stood for 99 years.

In Nebraska, temperatures hit 15 below zero (-26 Celsius) before midnight Sunday in Omaha – breaking a record low dating to 1884. Omaha officials cited the forecast in postponing the 18th annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular that draws around 30,000 people.

It was colder in Des Moines, Iowa, where city officials closed a downtown outdoor ice skating plaza and said it wouldn’t reopen until the city emerged from sub-zero temperatures. The temperature hit 20 below zero (-29 Celsius) early Monday, with the wind chill dipping to negative 31 degrees (-35 Celsius).

The weather service says that early morning temperatures on Tuesday in Indianapolis tied a record low of minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 24 degrees Celsius) for January 2 set in 1887.

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