Freezing cold follows record snowfall in Northeast

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Boston, MA, United States (4E) – After dumping record snowfall to many parts of the Northeast Wednesday, freezing weather is taking over the region through the weekend, meteorologists reported.

In the south and east of Boston, Norwell received the highest recorded snowfall in the state at 18.3 inches while Hanover had 18 inches and Duxbury had 17 inches, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Temperatures will be near 17F but wind chill will lower it to -8F, NWS meteorologist Bill Simpson said. Wind gusts will drive the wind chill to below zero in Boston over the next several days, said meteorologist Alan Dunham.

In New Jersey, Manalapan reported nearly 16 inches of snow while East Windsor had 12 inches and Piscataway 10 inches. Schools were closed and clean-up crew plowed roads Wednesday. Temperatures will drop into the single digits in most parts of the state, said News 12 New Jersey Meteorologist James Gregorio.

In Philadelphia, a record 13 inches of snow fell with more along the Jersey Coast prompting Mayor Michael Nutter to declared an emergency at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management recorded 14 inches at Philadelphia International Airport. Schools were closed and will reopen Thursday.

Maryland saw 7 inches of snow in Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and 7.7 inches in Dundalk, 8 inches in Columbia and Fells Point, 9.6 in Bel Air, and 11 in Phoenix and Westminster.

The Baltimore City Health Department extended Tuesday’s Code Blue through Saturday to make longer service hours in emergency shelters and send outreach workers looking for homeless people for relocation to prevent frostbite and hypothermia deaths during the forecasted single-digit temperatures and wind chills reaching 10 degrees below zero. Below normal temperatures will linger for at least a week, according to NWS meteorologist Ken Widelski.

Schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Carroll and Howard counties were closed for Wednesday. Offices, courts, the zoo and other local attractions in small counties also were closed. Officials at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport said more flight delays are expected Wednesday.

The state police reported three fatal road crashes Tuesday. A collision on Route 140 killed a driver in Frederick County while another collision on Pennsy Drive in Landover killed a driver and passenger.

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