• Thu 55°F / 37°F

Arctic Cold Grips the Midwest, Northeast

Design Pics/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A deep freeze continued to grip the Midwest and Northeast Thursday, prompting wind chill warnings or advisories in 13 states from North Dakota to Virginia, and into New England.

The Arctic air centered over northern Minnesota on Thursday morning and continued to plung down across the Great Lakes and the Northeast.  Wind chills were as low as 35- to 45-below zero from Maine to northern Minnesota early Thursday.

There were reports of light snowfall Thursday from West Virginia east, across Washington, D.C., to eastern Maryland and Delaware. Up to an inch of snow was forecast for the nation’s capital Thursday and an additional 1 to 2 inches could fall there on Friday.

The low temperature Wednesday in New York City was 11 degrees, the coldest low since January 24, 2011 when the temperature reached 6 degrees.  Wednesday’s high of only 20 degrees in Central Park was the lowest high temperature since January 30, 2010 when the mercury also reached a high of 20 degrees.

New York City should see 1-3 inches of snow on Friday into early Saturday morning. The area of low pressure that will produce snow in New York City and Washington, D.C., will also spread light snow across Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, western North Carolina and into southern New England.  

Doctors warn that just minutes in these frigid, sub-zero temperatures can be dangerous.

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