Arctic Weather Bears Down On U.S. Midwest, Northeast – JFK Airport Closed After Plane Slides Off Runway
NEW YORK, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Many parts of the U.S. Midwest braced for a blast of Arctic air this weekend that could bring some of the coldest temperatures in two decades before advancing to the Northeast, where residents are still digging out from a deadly snowstorm.
Starting Sunday, the deep freeze will be felt in the northern U.S. plains, including North and South Dakota, and through the Great Lakes region and Ohio Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
It will be some of the coldest weather to grip the region in two decades, with blizzard conditions expected in the Central Plains and Great Lakes regions, forecasters said.
“The last really big Arctic outbreak was 1994,” said Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. “Outbreaks like this don’t occur every day.”
In northeastern Canada, about 110,000 customers were without power due to a transformer fire on Saturday linked to heavy snow, government officials and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said.
The push of Arctic air could bring record low temperatures from Montana to Michigan, before moving the Northeast, where it will arrive by early Tuesday, forecasters said.
Temperatures in Chicago could drop to about minus 20 (minus 29 Celsius). Pittsburgh could see temperatures about 11 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 24 Celsius) by early Tuesday.
Temperatures were forecast to fall to 30 below in parts of the north central United States early Sunday morning, and in Grand Forks, North Dakota, wind chills were expected to exceed 50 below. A high of 19 below is forecast for Sunday.
“You grin and bear it and bundle up,” said Rachel Osowski, a clerk at Hugo’s Supermarket in Grand Forks. “You have to survive and function, you can’t let the weather stop you.”
In such conditions, frostbite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes, forecasters warned.
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JFK Airport Closed After Plane Slides Off Runway
A plane landing in JFK airport slid off the runway and into the snow on Sunday morning, the FAA said.
The FAA told CBS2 that there were no injuries reported.
The FAA said that JFK would be shut down due to the risky weather conditions, starting at around 830 AM EST. The airport is expected to reopen around 1130 AM.
According to NBC New York, the flight was a Delta Connection flight heading from Toronto.
Severe weather is expected to hit the northeast on Sunday, with freezing rain and bitter cold winds.
It’s been a tough weekend to travel to and from the tri-state area. Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed on Thursday and Friday due to snow and other bad weather. Additionally, several major roads and highways were temporarily closed due the inclement weather.