Blizzard blasts Northeast with snow, wind and bitter cold – CNN International

//Blizzard blasts Northeast with snow, wind and bitter cold – CNN International

Blizzard blasts Northeast with snow, wind and bitter cold – CNN International

Basketball fans brave the cold and snow as they cross to the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, January 4.Basketball fans brave the cold and snow as they cross to the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, January 4.
Four homeless men warm themselves on a steam grate by the Federal Trade Commission, blocks from the Capitol, as frigid temperatures grip Washington on January 4.Four homeless men warm themselves on a steam grate by the Federal Trade Commission, blocks from the Capitol, as frigid temperatures grip Washington on January 4.
People go sledding in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, January 4.People go sledding in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, January 4.
Snow is piled high in front of a Home Depot in Boston on January 4 after a two-day winter storm.Snow is piled high in front of a Home Depot in Boston on January 4 after a two-day winter storm.
Michael Stanton walks between houses covered with ice in the shore town of Scituate, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 3.Michael Stanton walks between houses covered with ice in the shore town of Scituate, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 3.
Pedestrians brave wind and snow as they cross New York City's Fifth Avenue on January 3.Pedestrians brave wind and snow as they cross New York City’s Fifth Avenue on January 3.
Snow clings to the clothing and facial hair of Jerome Williams as he uses a snowblower in front of his home in Roosevelt, New York, on January 3.Snow clings to the clothing and facial hair of Jerome Williams as he uses a snowblower in front of his home in Roosevelt, New York, on January 3.
Travelers wait in line January 3 at Chicago Midway International Airport.Travelers wait in line January 3 at Chicago Midway International Airport.
Frost covers the windows at the Morning Glory natural food store where a customer wearing a mask braves 0-degree Fahrenheit temperatures to shop in Brunswick, Maine, on January 3.Frost covers the windows at the Morning Glory natural food store where a customer wearing a mask braves 0-degree Fahrenheit temperatures to shop in Brunswick, Maine, on January 3.
Snowplows clear snow from one of the runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on January 3.Snowplows clear snow from one of the runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on January 3.
Surfers make their way through snow on New York's Rockaway Beach on January 3.Surfers make their way through snow on New York’s Rockaway Beach on January 3.
Passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint at JFK Airport on January 3.Passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint at JFK Airport on January 3.
Blowing snow swirls as a worker shovels a platform at a Haddonfield, New Jersey, train station on January 3.Blowing snow swirls as a worker shovels a platform at a Haddonfield, New Jersey, train station on January 3.
A plane takes off January 3 as trucks plow snow at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.A plane takes off January 3 as trucks plow snow at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.
A man walks down a snowy road along the shore in Scituate, Massachusetts, on January 3.A man walks down a snowy road along the shore in Scituate, Massachusetts, on January 3.
Postal worker Danny Kim clears snow and ice off the hood of his delivery truck January 3 in Bethesda, Maryland.Postal worker Danny Kim clears snow and ice off the hood of his delivery truck January 3 in Bethesda, Maryland.
A couple walks across a snow-covered parking lot January 3 at Newark Liberty International Airport. A couple walks across a snow-covered parking lot January 3 at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Tourists play in the snow at the base of the Washington Monument on January 3.Tourists play in the snow at the base of the Washington Monument on January 3.
People play in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on January 3.People play in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on January 3.
A man walks through the snow as the wind kicks it up January 3 in New York City.A man walks through the snow as the wind kicks it up January 3 in New York City.
Dante de Blasio, son of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, shovels snow outside his home in Brooklyn on January 3.Dante de Blasio, son of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, shovels snow outside his home in Brooklyn on January 3.
Snow covers subway rails in New York City on January 3.Snow covers subway rails in New York City on January 3.
A man uses his snowblower to clear some paths in Mansfield, Connecticut, on January 3.A man uses his snowblower to clear some paths in Mansfield, Connecticut, on January 3.
Workers clear snow off sidewalks on New York City's Fifth Avenue on January 3.Workers clear snow off sidewalks on New York City’s Fifth Avenue on January 3.
A man clears snow from a vehicle January 3 in Albany, New York.A man clears snow from a vehicle January 3 in Albany, New York.
A truck-mounted snowblower clears a section of road in Dedham, Massachusetts, on January 3.A truck-mounted snowblower clears a section of road in Dedham, Massachusetts, on January 3.
A worker clears snow from a subway station in Queens, New York, on January 3. Public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell in New York City.A worker clears snow from a subway station in Queens, New York, on January 3. Public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell in New York City.
A man shovels snow during the tail end of a snowstorm in Brooklyn on January 3.A man shovels snow during the tail end of a snowstorm in Brooklyn on January 3.
A man rides an all-terrain vehicle through a Brooklyn street on January 3.A man rides an all-terrain vehicle through a Brooklyn street on January 3.
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is covered in snow in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 3.The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is covered in snow in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 3.
A man plows snow January 3 following an overnight snowstorm in Jersey City, New Jersey.A man plows snow January 3 following an overnight snowstorm in Jersey City, New Jersey.
A child sleds down a hill in Chicago's Humboldt Park on Thursday, January 2.A child sleds down a hill in Chicago’s Humboldt Park on Thursday, January 2.
Children make a snow pile in New York's Times Square on January 2.Children make a snow pile in New York’s Times Square on January 2.
Winds whip snow from the beach across Winthrop Shore Drive in Winthrop, Massachusetts.Winds whip snow from the beach across Winthrop Shore Drive in Winthrop, Massachusetts.
Snow covers bikes along Leavitt Street in Chicago's Wicker Park on January 2.Snow covers bikes along Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park on January 2.
With his dog in tow, a man skis across heavy snow in Humboldt Park on January 2.With his dog in tow, a man skis across heavy snow in Humboldt Park on January 2.
Dallas Todd, 11, flies down a snowy hill at Lake Harbor Park in Norton Shores, Michigan, on January 2.Dallas Todd, 11, flies down a snowy hill at Lake Harbor Park in Norton Shores, Michigan, on January 2.
Snow covers cars in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood on January 2.Snow covers cars in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood on January 2.
A man drags a suitcase on a snowy street in downtown Boston on January 2.A man drags a suitcase on a snowy street in downtown Boston on January 2.
A van is pulled from a ditch along Interstate 94 in Jackson, Michigan, on January 2.A van is pulled from a ditch along Interstate 94 in Jackson, Michigan, on January 2.
A man walks his dog on the snow-covered Monon Trail in Carmel, Indiana, on January 2.A man walks his dog on the snow-covered Monon Trail in Carmel, Indiana, on January 2.
An airplane waits for passengers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on January 2.An airplane waits for passengers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on January 2.
A woman walks through snowy conditions in Albany, New York, on January 2.A woman walks through snowy conditions in Albany, New York, on January 2.
Trucks clear snow off the roads in Torrington, Connecticut, on January 2. Trucks clear snow off the roads in Torrington, Connecticut, on January 2.

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  • NEW: Some 3,000 flights canceled Friday after more than 2,600 cancellations Thursday
  • NEW: A man who fell through the ice in New Jersey is rescued, official says
  • NEW: Weather service says system will bring “coldest air in 2 decades”
  • Some 140 million Americans will have temperatures of 0 or below, CNN estimates

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(CNN) — In a few days, people in the Midwest and Northern Plains will have reason to be jealous of what their countrymen in the Northeast are going through now — digging out from as much as 2 feet of snow, dealing with the effect of blizzard-level winds, and feeling the heat of below-zero temperatures.

Because as cold as it is now, it’s practically tropical compared to what’s coming.

Think lows in the -20s Fahrenheit across North Dakota and Minnesota, with wind chills of -50 or even more frigid, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday night in Chicago will be a brisk minus 16 to 20, or 35 below to 45 below zero if you factor in the Windy City’s wind.

Those at Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL game may cheer against overtime, given that the wind chill may dip to 50 below in Wisconsin that night. As the weather service’s Twin Cities, Minnesota, division warns, “Exposed flesh can freeze in as little as five minutes with wind chills colder than 50 below.”

The same agency tweeted that this system will produce “the coldest air in two decades.”

In fact, between Friday and Wednesday, nearly 140 million Americans — nearly half the nation — will experience temperatures of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below, according to a CNN calculation.

As Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday: “This is not the norm.”

Northeast prepares as nor’easter looms

A frosty welcome for Bill de Blasio

Brutal snow storm bears down on U.S.

How cold is it in your town?

‘The snow was absolutely insane’

It’s not like those who braved the latest storm have it easy.

Just ask Ford Fischer. The CNN iReporter spent part of Friday trying to clear the driveway around his home in Boxford, Massachusetts, where the weather service said more snow — 23.8 inches — fell than in any other community hit by the Thursday-into-Friday nor’easter. Every time he finished a spot, he’d turn around and see it covered with snow again.

“The snow was absolutely insane,” Fischer said, “and totally nonstop.”

Even after the snow was done, he and others affected by this storm system were in for a tough few hours, thanks to the cold.

Temperatures in parts of New York City, where as much as 8 inches of snow fell, were predicted to drop to zero Friday night for the first time since January 1994. It was also set to dip below zero, with minus 17 wind chill, in Boston after nearly 18 inches of snow.

Fears of widespread power outages didn’t come to bear, despite blizzard-level winds in some places. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, major utilities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England were reporting just over 1,100 outages, a far cry from a major nor’easter last February that knocked out electricity to more than 630,000 customers.

As happens with such weather, there was tragedy as well.

Three people died in car accidents in Pennsylvania — including one man crushed as he was moving street salt with a forklift. Emergency management agency spokesman Cory Angell said these deaths were weather-related. In Byron, New York, a 71-year-old woman wandered away from her home Thursday night and was later found dead in the snow in a wooded area about 100 yards away, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reported.

In Oakland, New Jersey, a calamity was averted when authorities rescued a 34-year-old man who fell through ice in Ringwood State Park as he tried to retrieve one of his snowshoes, said environmental protection department spokesman Larry Ragonese.

Air traffic delays abound

Then there were the thousands stuck at airports nationwide because of system-wide delays — though at least they were suffering inside, not in the frigid cold.

FlightAware.com, which tracks cancellations due to weather and mechanical problems, said about 3,000 flights were canceled for Friday within, into or out of the United States. That’s after more than 2,600 U.S. flights were canceled on Thursday.

Though the temperature in Las Vegas was 52 degrees — above zero — passengers there were also feeling the storm’s sting. Long lines formed inside McCarran International Airport at the counters for Southwest Airlines, which had canceled many of its flights from Chicago. The airline carries 40% of the airport’s passengers, according to Chris Hayes, an airport spokesman.

“We are doing everything possible to get back up and running as soon as possible,” Southwest Airlines spokesman Dan Landson said on Friday afternoon.

Flights resumed by late Friday morning in much of New England, though delays were common, and ticket holders were urged to check with their airlines.

Barb Plooster had planned to fly Friday from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Grand Rapids, Michigan, but her flight was canceled. She told CNN affiliate WICU that she was on the phone with United Airlines for five hours trying to find a way to get home, but concluded she will have to wait until Monday. “We got a warm place to stay, get to visit the kids, the grandkids, so it’s OK,” she said.

Historically cold arctic air mass

This being winter, after all, there’s more snow coming — and perhaps more delays, more accidents, and more headaches.

One storm threatened to bring blizzard conditions to North Dakota as well as parts of South Dakota and Minnesota on Friday night and Saturday, the weather service said.

And cities like St. Louis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Cincinnati — the latter of which will play host to a Bengals vs. San Diego Chargers NFL football game — could get hit with significant snow Sunday and Monday.

Some areas will get some reprieve as temperatures rise in the coming days. But they better not get too comfortable, as the temperatures will reverse course starting Sunday.

Parts of the Midwest could see temperatures not recorded in 15 to 20 years, and for a painful stretch. Chicago, for instance, could see subzero temperatures from Sunday evening until Wednesday.

Even areas as far south as Nashville, Tennessee, could be basking in zero-degree cold as the arctic air mass dives southward at the beginning of next week.

That’s not just an inconvenience: That cold is dangerous. And it’s why school will be canceled in places like Milwaukee and the entire state of Minnesota — areas hardly unaccustomed to Old Man Winter’s bite — on Monday.

“I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures,” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said in explaining his decision to call off classes statewide.

CNN’s Rande Iaboni, Brandon Miller, Dave Hennen, Sherri Pugh, Lateef Mungin, Jareen Imam, Kristin Hamill, Chuck Johnston, Ashley Fantz and AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.


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