As temperatures plummeted in the Northeast, the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire set a record for the lowest wind chill temperature ever recorded in the United States, -108° F (-78° C) while a low temperature of -47° F (-44° C) tied the previous record set there in 1934.
The powerful weather system brought “dangerously cold wind chill temperatures” to the region through Saturday evening along with blizzard conditions through northern Maine, the National Weather Service said.
The arctic air mass that descended on the Northeast converted the Big Apple to the Frozen Apple, making the city a ghost town on Friday and Saturday as residents and visitors alike remained indoors.
John F. Kennedy International Airport reached a frigid record low for the date of 4° F (-16° C), breaking the old mark set in 1996, while Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport both logged lows of 5° F (-15° C), also breaking previous lows recorded in 1996 of 7° F (-14° C) degrees and 10° F (-12° C), respectively.
Multiple cities set record lows for February 4 on Saturday including Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut; and Worcester, Massachusetts. The -10° F (-23° C) temperature in Boston smashed the previous February 4 record of -2° F (-18° C) set in 1886. The -13° F (-25° C) temperature in Albany, New York, tied the record low for the date. Meanwhile, Glens Falls, New York, set a record low of -24° F (- 31° C), colder than the previous record of -22° F (-30° C) set in 1978.
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