Button up: Snowstorm over, but cold settles in
TODAY’s Al Roker and The Weather Channel managing editor Sam Champion provide a winter storm update and say temperatures are continuing to drop on the East Coast due to an “arctic express.”
Anyone living east of the Rockies can expect “reinforcing shots of cold air,” said Bob Oravec, a National Weather Service forecaster.
“We’re in a pretty persistent cold pattern right now, and the biggest break we’re going to get is on Saturday — but that’s before the next cold front comes through Monday,” Oravec said.
It&rsquo;s getting pretty chilly in the Orange Room as Carson Daly presents some of the best viewer-submitted snow pictures.
Expect below zero temperatures in some parts, he warned.
Temps remained below average Wednesday, forcing folks to bundle up tight while shoveling snow. Commuters had to slog through messy roads, while flights and schools were canceled.
The snowfall ended south of Boston by 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel. But in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C, where the weather had caused havoc on the Tuesday evening commute, wind chills had plummeted well below zero.
The temperature in all three cities was between 9 and 12 degrees — with wind chills as low as minus-7 in Washington, D.C. Wind gusts across the region will get up to 33 mph, the National Weather Service reported.
That was hardly the worst of the cold. Fargo, N.D., was enduring wind chills of minus-38 on early Wednesday, and the air temperature in northern New England was -12 at mid-morning.
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A woman sits on her cot at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday.
As for snow, residents of the Northeast faced the prospect of digging themselves out of some heavy snowfall, the heaviest fell in Manalapan, N.J., which got 15.5 inches. A foot fell in New York City and 13.5 inches in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Schools across the Northeast were closed on Wednesday, although New York City had a regular school day for its 1.1 million students.
It was not only people on the ground subjected to winter misery: More than 1,400 flights coming into or out of the U.S. on Wednesday had been canceled by 11 a.m.
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Cold lingers as Northeast digs out from snow
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A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions. -Reuters
A TAM airlines plane sits shrouded by snow as plows work around it at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York January 21, 2014. A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly) A man runs down a street past snow covered cars in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn in New York City, January 22, 2014. The northeastern United States on Wednesday dug out from a storm that dumped over a foot of snow in many places with frigid, windy weather keeping some schools and offices closed and flights canceled. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
A squirrel stands in the snow on the National Mall January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. A strong winter storm is bearing down on the East Coast between Virginia and Massachusetts and could dump four to eight inches of snow on the Washington area. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
People walk past a CitiBike stand during a snowstorm on January 21, 2014 in New York City. Areas of the Northeast are predicted to receive up to a foot of snow in what may be the biggest snowfall of the season so far. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A snow blower clears a path on a pedestrian walk way during a snow storm in New York, January 22, 2014. In New York, a storm alert was issue for noon (1700 GMT) Tuesday to 6:00 am (1100 GMT) Wednesday with as much as a foot (30 centimeters) forecast for the metropolitan region. (Emmanuel Duand/AFP/Getty Images)
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