Ski lifts closed due to cold

Flight cancellations at Ottawa airport on Jan. 4 2018

Ski lifts closed due to cold

The cold snap complicated efforts by crews to clear snow and ice from roadways after a blizzard clobbered the East Coast on Thursday and Friday, forcing hundreds of schools to close and causing commuter rail services to suspend or reduce service.

"It's definitely cold and the type of bone-chilling cold that happens every few years", said Dan Hofmann, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Baltimore.

"Sunday morning is going to be the coldest morning" in the week-long stretch of frigid weather, he said.

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Killington, the famous Vermont ski resort, closed on Saturday even though snow conditions were excellent, saying wind chill on the slopes was at least minus-50 degrees.

The weather service issued wind chill warnings for various days this weekend for parts of Vermont, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Maine and New Hampshire.

On Monday, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing, the first time since last month. Before then, conditions will probably worsen.

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Among the coldest places in the country on Saturday were the small Minnesota towns of Cotton and Embarrass, where the mercury plummeted to minus-39, Oravec said.

Not so with New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where a measuring station recorded a record low for the date at 8 degrees, Oravec said. NY and Boston are among the big cities where records could fall.

In the more populous Northeast, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport set an all-time low for January 6 at 8 F (minus 13C), Oravec said. The phenomenon gave rise to gusts of more than 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) and produced snowfall totals of 22 inches (56 cm) in parts of ME and 17 inches (43 cm) in parts of MA, the NWS said.

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