Chicago records coldest New Year's Day on record

Pat Wise
January 13, 2018

The National Weather Service explained that the wind chill index accounts for heat loss from the human body due to the combination of cold and wind.

Chicago's bitter cold temperatures reached a New Year's Day record Monday, continuing a relentlessly unsafe stretch of cold air over the past week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Kurtz says the Anchorage temperature was almost twice the normal high of 24 degree, thanks to high and low pressures working to push tropical air to the north.

In Savannah, a coastal city that hasn't seen measurable snowfall since February 2010, up to 2 inches of snow and sleet were forecast. The high will be near 39, with a south wind of 3 to 8 miles per hour.

Much of America, including residents of the Kankakee County region, awoke to unprecedented cold this morning as the cold snap that has gripped the area for a week shows no signs of subsiding.

The mercury is expected to rise above freezing early this week. Brunswick police reported on their official Twitter account that area bridges had begun to ice up. East wind around 10 miles per hour.

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Until Saturday, areas in Los Angeles County are expected to be dry with partly cloudy skies and temperatures three to six degrees above normal, with Sunday expected to be the warmest day, with highs at least 10 degrees above normal.

National Weather Service forecasters in some parts of NY are warning residents to expect unsafe wind chills from -10 to -25 from late Thursday through Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service says it was the coldest New Year's Day on record in Chicago with a high of 1 degree (-17 Celsius).

Whether or not it's breaking records, the cold this year is nothing to trifle with, forecasters warned. The temperature hit 20 below zero (-29 Celsius) early Monday, with the wind chill dipping to negative 31 degrees (-35 Celsius).

Atlanta hospitals were seeing a surge in emergency room visits for hypothermia and other ailments as temperatures plunge well below freezing.

The new year started with temperatures in the single digits on Monday and wind chills dipping below zero across north central Ohio.

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