The severe winter storm that the National Weather Service said on Friday was a “once-in-a-generation” event brought howling winds, blizzard conditions to a dozen states, left over one million customers without power, caused the delay or cancellation of some 40,000 flights since Thursday, and left at least 16 people dead from weather-related automobile accidents.
The storm continues to wreak havoc as many around the country begin to celebrate Christmas Eve with bone-chilling air. The storm continues to pummel parts of the Upper Midwest and interior Northeast with heavy snow and blizzard conditions.
“Dangerous cold temperatures continue for the eastern two-thirds of the country as significant lake effect snow, along with blizzard conditions, persists downwind of the Great Lakes,” the National Weather Service said in a statement on Saturday.
Subfreezing temperatures can be found as far south as the Gulf Coast and dangerously cold temperatures are moving into the Great Lakes and Northeast for the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday will be the two coldest days on the Eastern Seaboard.
New York City, which saw 50 mph (80 km/h) winds on Friday and early Saturday, saw temperatures fall precipitously from 57° F (14° C) to 9° F (-13° C) in just hours, while other parts of the country saw wind chills below zero Fahrenheit.
wind chills after the sun rose Saturday morning were below zero, according to the National Weather Service.
At sunrise, the temperature in Atlanta was 9° F (-13° C) with a windchill of -8° F (-22° C), while New York City saw 8° F (-13° C) with a windchill also of -8° F. St. Louis, meanwhile, recorded 9° F with a windchill of -12° F (-24° C) and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., saw 12° F (11° C) at sunrise, with a windchill of -3° F (-19° C).
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