Currently, it is estimated that roughly 50% of the American population is experiencing temperatures of at least zero degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, 140 million people are enduring severe cold weather. The cold air is expected to last in the heartland through Wednesday.
“It’s about as harsh a three-day period as you’ll ever see in some areas of the country,” says Joe Bastardi, chief forecaster at WeatherBell, adding that it has been at least two decades since the country has seen an air mass this cold. “If you are out there, it’s dangerous. Temperatures like these can freeze flesh in 10 minutes.”
As for the northeast United States, New Jersey and New York have each declared a state of emergency following as much as two feet of snow in their states. Thousands of flights were canceled from major airports in and out of the states.
“We’re going to see a lot of snow and a lot of wind,” said Jason Tuell, of the US National Weather Service. “We’re concerned about whiteout conditions possibly tonight with the blowing and drifting snow.”
People are now digging out from the heavy snows which affected schools and businesses.
During the heaviest snow fall, Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down three major interstates as a safety precaution. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has issued an “all hands on deck” alert to city employees to help in getting dealing with the storm and its aftermath.
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