You think it was cold at your house? Try minus 26 degrees atop Mount Washington

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  • Commuters brave frigid temperatures as they arrive on a ferry, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Portland, Maine. Parts of the Northeast are expected to have a wind chill of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • A beach walker is bundled for the cold in single digit temperatures Fahrenheit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

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    Greg Greenman, soaks in the chilly Atlantic Ocean on a morning with temperatures in the single digits Fahrenheit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in South Portland, Maine. "With the pandemic, I just needed something different," he said of his weekly soaking ritual. "I was a little sluggish this morning but now I feel invigorated."(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

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    Greg Greenman, dries off after soaking for two minutes in the chilly Atlantic Ocean on a morning with temperatures in the single digits Fahrenheit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in South Portland, Maine. "With the pandemic, I just needed something different," he said of his weekly soaking ritual. "I was a little sluggish this morning but now I feel invigorated."(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • Thomas Nosal wears a hat over his helmet following his daily bicycle commute to his job as a civil engineer, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Portland, Maine. Parts of the Northeast are expected to have a wind chill of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • Concord Parks and Recreation senior maintainence worker Jay Barry winces as he uses a snowblower to scrap off the snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Tuesday morning, January 11, 2022. Even with the extreme cold, the ice is still not secure enough for plows and trucks so the crew had to use snowblowers and shovels to clean it off GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord Parks and Recreation workers clear snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Tuesday morning. Even with extremely cold temperatures, the ice is still not secure enough for plows and trucks, so the crew used manual means of clearing. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Concord Parks and Recreation worker Justin Wheeler leads a crew as they clear the snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

  • The Concord Parks and Recreation workers snowblow and scrap off the snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Tuesday morning, January 11, 2022. Even with the extreme cold,the ice is still not secure enough for plows and trucks so the crew had to use snowblowers and shovels to clean it off GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord Parks and Recreation worker Justin Wheeler leads a crew as they snowblow and scrap off the snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Tuesday morning, January 11, 2022. Even with the extreme cold,the ice is still not secure enough for plows and trucks so the crew had to use snowblowers and shovels to clean it off GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Concord Parks and Recreation workers snowblow and scrap off the snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Tuesday morning, January 11, 2022. Even with the extreme cold,the ice is still not secure enough for plows and trucks so the crew had to use snowblowers and shovels to clean it off GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord Parks and Recreation senior maintainence worker Jay Barry winces as he uses a snowblower to scrap off the snow off the skating pond at Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Tuesday morning, January 11, 2022. Even with the extreme cold, the ice is still not secure enough for plows and trucks so the crew had to use snowblowers and shovels to clean it off GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • One of the Mount Washington weather observers found a protected area out of the 65-plus mph winds this morning and was going to have some leftover spaghetti for breakfast at sunrise but the below 30 degree F temperatures prevented them from even taking a bite. Ryan Knapp / Mount Washington Observatory

Associated Press
Published: 1/11/2022 12:05:00 PM

The arctic cold snap was good news for Concord’s Parks and Recreation Department, which hopes to open its outdoor rinks for ice skating.

But it was a pain for the city crews that had the chilly job of going out and clear the ice of snow Tuesday morning.

The mass of arctic air that swept into the Northeast on Tuesday brought bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures and closing schools across the region for the second time in less than a week.

Schools in Massachusetts’ three largest cities — Boston, Worcester and Springfield — canceled classes, saying they did not want children standing outside for extended periods of time waiting for buses.

“There has been an increase of COVID with transportation personnel, which would result in buses running up to 30 minutes late,” according to a tweet from the Worcester public schools. “The safety of our students and staff are always the focus of our decisions.”

Low temperatures can result in frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Syracuse, N.Y.; Manchester, N.H.; and Burlington, Vt., were among communities that also closed public schools. The closures came just a few days after many schools closed because of snow Friday.

The freezing temperatures were caused by a pocket of cold air descending from Canada, but the good news is that it is expected to be a short-lived cold spell, said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Norton, Mass., office.

“We’re getting an arctic cold front with northwest flow, quickly switching to a southwest flow,” he said, adding temperatures are expected to rise to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the Boston area later in the week.

Wind chill temperatures in areas near lakes Erie and Ontario in New York state were expected to drop as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit by the afternoon. To make matters worse, parts of the state were expected to be hit with up to 2 feet of lake-effect snow and winds gusting up to 40 mph.

The high temperature in Vermont on Tuesday was expected to be several degrees below zero in some areas with wind chills of up to minus 35.

In New Hampshire, it was minus 26 degrees atop Mount Washington — known for its weather extremes — with a wind chill of nearly minus 72 as of 8 a.m. That was actually warmer than earlier in the morning.

The Mount Washington Observatory posted a photo on Facebook of a frozen plate of spaghetti supporting a fork.

Temperatures dropped into the single digits Fahrenheit in many areas of Massachusetts, with the wind chill making it feel well below zero.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that four COVID-19 testing sites overseen by the state would be closed Tuesday because of the cold. The sites are in Claremont, Manchester, Nashua and Newington.

Testing sites in Springfield and Chicopee, Massachusetts, also closed Tuesday because of the cold.

Rhode Island opened warming centers across the state for people who need temporary shelter from the cold, and in Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu reminded residents the city’s network of public libraries are open for people looking for a place to warm up.

Central Maine Power said it is encouraging customers to weather strip windows and open drapes to let in heat from the sun and allow sunlight to reduce reliance on electricity.




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