Blast of Arctic air triggers wind chill alerts in a dozen US states

Wind chill warnings and advisories have been posted in 12 northern states, from the northeast corner of Montana to northern Maine.

Dangerously low wind chill factors can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, the NWS warns. (AFP)

The blast of arctic air in the northern part of the United States has affected parts of the High Plains, the Upper Midwest and New England, with wind chill alerts posted from Montana to Maine, the National said. Weather Service (NWS).

The frigid air mass, introduced behind a cold front sweeping the east coast into the Atlantic, is expected to bring a combination of freezing temperatures and winds, the weather service said on Monday.

Dangerously low wind chill factors can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, the NWS warned.

At the same time, cold arctic winds blowing westerly over the Great Lakes are likely to bring heavy lake-like snow to parts of Michigan’s upper peninsula in the northern part of the New York State and western Pennsylvania over the next few days.

More than a foot of snow is possible on New York’s Tug Hill Plateau, the NWS said.

Alert in 12 states

Wind chill warnings and advisories were issued Monday in 12 northern states across the country, from the northeast corner of Montana to northern Maine.

Sub-zero wind chill conditions (below minus 18 degrees Celsius) are expected to ease over the Midwest and Great Lakes by Tuesday, but will remain stranded across much of the northeast and New England until ‘to Wednesday morning, according to NWS forecasts.

Meanwhile, a warming trend is forecast for the Great Plains this week, with highs expected to exceed average in that region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Across the country, heavy showers are expected to return in the Pacific Northwest, with possible flooding in the rain-flooded parts of the coastal region of northern Washington state on Tuesday and Wednesday, after a brief respite from the downpours. extremes and flooding last week, the weather service mentioned.

Source: Reuters

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