Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Arctic Blast Hits Northeast
You thought winter Storm GIA was bad? Not even close to what is hitting the Northeast now. The Weather Channel decided to name this Winter Storm “Harper.” A hypothermia alert has been issued for Washington DC, and areas from the midwest to Maine are in the grip of an arctic blast. At least six deaths so far have been blamed on the weather, thousands of flights canceled, hundreds of car accidents, and tens of thousands of customers are without power, according to the Weather Channel.
🚨Hypothermia Alert Activated🚨
Sunday, 1/20: An arctic blast will dangerously drop temperatures. Bundle up, DC.
If you see someone in need of shelter:
☎️ 202-399-7093 or 311
📞 911 for an immediate safety risk
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 20, 2019
Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
Some didn’t care for the President’s sense of humor, but he’s right. Authorities are suggesting that people stay inside during the cold spell, which could last up to 48 hours.
At least five snowplows were hit in Minnesota in the past 24-hours, including this crash near Belle Plaine. Please give our drivers room to work. Slow down. Avoid distractions. Keep distance between vehicles. #MnDOT https://t.co/1w1k3AfQhb
— MnDOT District 6 (@mndotsoutheast) January 19, 2019
Roadways were closed, planes had to be de-iced or flights canceled entirely (at least 2,000 of them) – others were delayed. Kansas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey declared emergencies. By tomorrow there may be more.
There has been coastal flooding in several states, including having to deal with ice and snow. Some people say they are enjoying all the snow for skiing, and sledding. Others probably should stay inside.
Governors in some affected areas declared states of emergency, including in Kansas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as a cold blast is expected across the Northeast late Sunday into Monday https://t.co/6unu535IuI
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 21, 2019
Featured photo: Twitter via State Police in Illinois