Deep freeze with sub-zero temps hits Northeast and Midwest, West Coast braces for heavy rain

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.

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A man crosses E. Washington St. in downtown Syracuse, N.Y. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Frigid temperatures, some that felt as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast on Friday as the region dug out from a massive winter storm that brought mor
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Brielle Ashley is bundled up a she waits as her children and “grown man-child” sled down Sandee Crescent in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, Jan 5, 2018. For some, Friday was a second snow day off from reality – a chance to warm up with hot cocoa or buil

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.

A bitter, brutal cold blast is slamming into the Northeast Saturday.
Parts of the central U.S. will experience some “relief” from the bitter cold on Sunday.
Parts of the Northeast and Midwest woke up Saturday morning to a bitter cold blast.

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.

There is an end in sight for the deep freeze in the the Midwest and…

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