Wind-chill warnings have been put in place in 12 states in the Northeast with areas in the Northeast and Midwest expected to plunge to a frosty -45F (-42C) this week, affecting over 15 million people. Parts of New York and Massachusetts could see temperatures drop to -45F (-42C) from -35F (-37C) , according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
These sub zero wind-chill temperatures can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, the NWS warned.
Mary Gilbert, an AccuWeather meteorologist, told the Independent: “The coldest air of the season thus far will arrive for a majority of the Northeast and portions of the mid-Atlantic by Tuesday as arctic air plunges into the northern US.
“Real Feel Temperature [AccuWeather’s index to describe what temperatures feel like in reality] is expected to be five to 10 degrees lower than the actual air temperature across the region on Tuesday.”
The coldest weather is expected to hit from 2am and 11am on Tuesday, NWS has forecasted.
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Schools in Massachusetts’ three largest cities, Boston, Worcester and Springfield, have canceled classes, as not to have children standing outside for extended periods of time waiting for transport.
A Tweet from the Worcester public schools stated: “There has been an increase of Covid with transportation personnel, which would result in buses running up to 30 minutes late.
“The safety of our students and staff are always the focus of our decisions.”
Syracuse, New York, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Burlington, Vermont, were among areas which also closed public schools amid the icy weather.
The closures came just a few days after many schools closed due to snow on Friday.