BOSTON( Reuters) – Residents of much of the northeastern United States woke up on Sunday to bone-chilling cold ailments that shattered Valentine’s Day enters in Boston, Hartford and Providence.
Officials told residents to stay indoors in the face of the -9 degree Fahrenheit( -2 2.8 Celsius) temperatures, which felt as cold as -4 0 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill.
“It’s 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 to point out that frostbite could set in on uncovered skin within hours, and urged tenants to check on elderly neighbors. While information systems brought intense cold to the region, little snow has descended so far this wintertime, situating less stress on streets and runways than last-place winter’s record-setting 9 paws( 2.75 meters) of snowfall in Boston.
New York was also feeling the coldest weather it had experienced in a year, and Governor Andrew Cuomo urged people to stay inside.
“With bitterly cold temperatures expected to continue through the long weekend, New Yorkers should remain alert and forestall all useless movement, ” Cuomo said.
The cold put a damper on some couples’ Valentine’s Day revel programmes, with strolls and other outdoor tasks curtailed.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kristen Carlson, 25, and her lover Ross Crory, too 25, were accommodating their plans.
“We’re going to brunch, ” Carlson said. “We’re disappearing rock climbing afterward. Indoor acts. Tonight we’re staying in and cooking dinner.”
Others embraced the extremes, with more than 2,000 participating in the Sea Isle, New Jersey, annual “Polar Bear Plunge, ” dipping into the icy Atlantic to raise funds for the city’s revitalization.
Police throughout the region sought homeless people to urge them to invest the night in shelters, where cots, mattings and even chairs were reeled out to give people a target to 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 wind and snowfall. I got a zero degree sleeping bag and fleece blankets, ” Taylor said. “I was born and raised in New England. I’m used to this. It’ll start bursting tomorrow.”
Forecasters said temperatures around Boston would rise to about 29 stages Fahrenheit( -1. 7 Celsius) on Monday.