Dangerous Record Breaking Cold to Grip U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 18 February 2015
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Much of the Northeast remains blanketed in snow

Much of the Northeast remained blanketed in snow on Thursday

While the western part of the United States remains warm and dry, the eastern half will see dangerous and record-breaking low temperatures on Thursday and Friday.

The result will be cold air that people have simply not experienced in years, if not decades.

The cold will stretch from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.  Low temperatures will be close to or exceed 0° F (-18° C) as far south as South Carolina.

As of 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 316 flights had been canceled in the country, with a further 5,151 delayed, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service. Although few flights have been delayed or cancelled for Thursday at deadline, the number of delays and cancelations is expected to be significant as the week continues.

The Midwest including Chicago and Indianapolis, where it is 3° F (-16° C) and 7° F (-14° C) respectively as of 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, will experience the coldest weather late Thursday while cities east of there will get the big chill Friday morning.  Expect daily, monthly, and all-time low temperature records to be shattered in many parts of the country.

Meanwhile, relatively warmer weather and snow will reach the eastern United States just in time for the weekend.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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