Parts of the Upper Midwest digging up to 30 inches of snow received no respite from Mother Nature on Wednesday as a blast of arctic air even sent high single digit temperatures – and wind chills as low than minus 50 degrees.
“Dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes,” the National Weather Service wrote in its wind chill warning.
Cold was sweeping the country following two storms, one of which ravaged parts of Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Dakota with near-record snowfall.
In Wisconsin, the town of Washburn on Lake Superior reported 30 inches of snowfall. In Minnesota, the small town of McGrath, 100 miles north of Minneapolis, reported 20 inches.
“We have twin storms this week,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno. “They are not identical but more like fraternal twins.”
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The second storm will move further south and east, Rayno said. Ice or a winter mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain could spread from central Texas to southern New England Wednesday through Friday, Accuweather said. Dallas, Pittsburgh, New York and Boston could experience freezing conditions.
More than 600 flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth airport were canceled Wednesday, and another 450 were suspended for Thursday in anticipation of extreme conditions. Some schools are closed as a precaution.
Winter storm watches were issued Wednesday across much of the northeast, where large temperature swings were also forecast.
Washington, DC could see 70 degrees later Wednesday. Thursday’s high temperature was forecast at 39 degrees. New York City is expected to peak in the mid-60s on Wednesday, but will be within a few degrees of the freezing mark Thursday night.
“Record heat is on its way today with temperatures already in the 50s and 60s this morning,” the National Weather Service in New York tweeted. “Significantly colder air is coming tonight ahead of our next winter storm late tomorrow!”