Residents advised to stay indoors with frostbite possible within hours with Boston, Hartford and Providence specified 14 February temperature records
Residents of much of the north-eastern United States woke up on Sunday to bone-chilling cold ailments that smashed Valentines Day records in Boston, Hartford and Providence.
Officials cautioned residents to stay indoors in the face of the -9F( -2 2.8 C) temperatures, which appeared as cold as -4 0F with the wind shivering.
Its fair to say that this is a historic Arctic outbreak for the modern era, the National Weather Service said in a morning forecast update.
Forecasters was indicated that frostbite could set in on uncovered skin within instants, and urged residents to check on elderly neighbors. While the system brought intense cold to the region, little snow has descended thus far this winter, targeting less stress on superhighways and railings than last-place winters record-setting 9ft( 2.75 m) of snowfall in Boston.
The cold put a damper on some duos Valentines Day celebration plans, with paths and other outdoor pleasures abridged.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kristen Carlson, 25 and her boyfriend Ross Crory, likewise 25, were accommodating their plans.
Were going to brunch, Carlson said. Were extending rock climbing afterwards. Indoor activities. Tonight were staying in and cooking dinner.
Others embraced the extremes, with more than 2,000 taking part in the Sea Isle, New Jersey, annual Polar Bear Plunge, dipping into the icy Atlantic to raise funds for the citys resuscitation.
Police throughout the region sought homeless people to urge them to spend the nighttime in shelters, some of which were wheeling out cots, mattings and even chairs to give people a target to seek shelter from the cold.
But Kevin Taylor, a 49 -year-old native of Massachusetts living on the street in Harvard Square, outside Boston, said he had coped with the coldnes on his own.
I got a sleeping bag-sized tent that protects me from breeze and snowfall. I got a zero-degree sleeping bag and fleece coverings, Taylor said. I was born and raised in New England. Im used to this. Itll start interrupting tomorrow.
Forecasters said temperatures around Boston would rise to about 29 F on Monday.