Another day, another series of wind chill warnings for the Northeast.
A brutal shot of cold air Saturday morning is dominating the weather over the Midwest and especially the Northeast, prompting a slew of wind chill advisories and wind chill warnings for parts of the Midwest and a large portion of the East Coast, spanning an area from Virginia to Vermont. Wind chills Saturday morning in parts of the interior Northeast may be in the -30 to -40 degree range.
Aside from being uncomfortable and disruptive to many communities’ infrastructure, the aforementioned wind chill range in the Northeast is life-threatening, with frost bite possible in as little as 10 minutes.
Even in New York City, wind chills in the metropolitan area could dip as low as -10 to -20 degrees. On Sunday, the Midwest will begin to see some “relief” — it’s all relative — with wind chills not as brutal. The Northeast, however, will not enjoy the same relief: It will continue to remain quite cold with dangerous wind chills below zero.
New Yorkers may already have forgotten what above-freezing temperatures feel like: The last time the metropolitan area was above freezing was Christmas Day. Sunday is forecasted to be the 13th straight day below freezing. This will tie for the third-longest stretch of temperatures below 32 degrees in New York City and will be the longest stretch since January 1961.
Even in Raleigh, North Carolina, the cold blast is breaking a record. If Raleigh does not get above freezing by Saturday evening it will set a new record for number of consecutive hours below freezing. The old record is 159 hours from January 1982.