Arctic blast freezes Midwest, Northeast; Chicago suburb man dies

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Icy arctic winds from Canada blasted many parts of the Midwest and Northeast Wednesday and the freezing temperature is expected to linger from Ohio to Maine into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The cold snap, which already killed four people, forced the closure of Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire Wednesday and Thursday due to unsafe skiing condition. Icy winds will create a chill effect of minus 48 degrees, the NWS forecast. The ski resort’s website said it will reopen Friday.

Embarrass, Minnesota registered temperatures of minus 36 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind chill warnings were issued for the Northeast, from Presque Isle and Caribou in Maine through Vermont and New York City.

The D.C. area’s Wednesday morning temperatures were between 16 and 21 degrees with single-digit wind chills, according to NWS.

The Wednesday national weather report from Weather.com said of continuing snow showers across Michigan, northern Indiana and northern Ohio.

Meanwhile, four people have died from exposure and hypothermia. Killed were two people in Wisconsin, one in Illinois and one in Minnesota. A 70-year-old man was found frozen in his unheated home in suburban Chicago’s Des Plaines trailer park, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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