Northeast U.S. plunge into deep freeze for second time in week

February 3, 2015 | By | Reply More

Feb 03, – Northeasterners weary after a second winter blast in as many weeks are being warned: Don’t pack away your heavy-duty gear just yet. That’s because a 1,500-mile-wide current of Arctic air promises to plunge the Midwest and Northeast into a deep freeze — and it’s not going to release its grip for the rest of the work week.

hromedia Northeast U.S. plunge into deep freeze for second time in week intl. news4“We’re in a below-average pattern, and I could see that happening for the next five days or so,” David Hamrick, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told FoxNews.com.

Temperatures in the upper Midwest to the Northeast will drop into the teens and single digits late Monday, with parts of Maine, Vermont, upstate New York and Michigan experiencing sub-zero conditions.

Winter weather warnings remained in effect throughout New England, where snow was expected to continue to fall until midnight, Hamrick said. He added that New England and parts of coastal New Jersey may see a few snow showers late Thursday into Friday, though forecasters were not predicting a major event.

Already, the storm has done a number on commuters in the Northeast. FlightAware.com reported early Monday evening that more than 4,100 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled, and about 3,500 were delayed. About a million seats were affected, impacting about 600,000 travelers.

Trains were delayed, driving was dangerous and even the subway in New York City struggled with the storm. A No. 7 train in the borough of Queens lost power for 2 ½ hours, and a rescue train had to be sent for the stranded passengers.

“Everyone on the train was in decent spirits, since there was literally nothing we could do about it,” passenger Ashley Carr said in an email.

Farther north, fast-falling snow measured 6 inches in Albany by midday Monday and 11 inches in Buffalo. Schools closed across the region and plows struggled to keep up with the deluge. Temperatures barely climbed out of single digits.

“It’s challenging,” said Lisa Smoczynski, who was working at a Buffalo construction site Monday as heavy snow fell and a stiff wind made the 12-degree temperature seem much lower.

“I’ve got Under Armour, lined pants, fleece-lined jeans — let’s see, one, two, three, four, five layers. Insulated gloves, insulated boots, the heaviest socks available. Under Armour hat. All the joys of life,” Smoczynski said.

In the northern suburbs, after 6 to 12 inches of snow, the precipitation kept falling but changed intermittently from snow to sleet to rain. Icy pellets bounced off windshields as motorists slowly made their way along interstates, parkways and local streets in Westchester County. In White Plains, Estelle Windsor of the Bronx was trying to walk several blocks from one indoor shopping mall to another after being told she’d have to wait half an hour for a cab.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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