East Coast storm settles, but cold to continue through weekend
06 January 2018
Frigid temperatures, some as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast yesterday after the region emerged from a massive winter storm that brought over a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier.
According to forecasters, strong winds and record-breaking cold air is expected to continue through the weekend.
The blast from the arctic could make temperatures feel as low as minus 15 degrees to minus 25 from Philadelphia to Boston and residents in states like Maryland and Virginia shivered from temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to 15 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the wind chill could make it feel like minus 35 degrees in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, CBS News confirmed that the recent blast of winter weather and cold temperatures has left 22 people nationwide dead.
The storm built up days ago in the Gulf of Mexico and first struck the Florida Panhandle. It was wreaking havoc by Thursday, as blizzard warnings were sounded and states of emergency went into effect along the Eastern Seaboard. Some places were hit by gusts of wind over 70 mph and some areas saw as much as 18 inches of snow.
In the South, Tallahassee, Florida, saw snow while a rare half-foot of snow covered southeast Georgia. In New England, the powerful winds led to coastal flooding which reached historic levels in some communities and icy water overflowed piers, streets and restaurants which left some people stranded, to be later rescued.