Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cold shatters 73-year-old daily weather record

Cold shatters 73-year-old daily weather record

The total expected snowfall could be more than 4 inches, Orrock said, depending on the specific track the storm takes.

Fort Wayne's low temperature of 13 degrees below zero this morning shattered the daily record for January 2, which had stood since 1945, the National Weather Service reported today.

In Iowa, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, school districts cancelled or delayed the start of classes as bitterly cold weather, 20 degrees to 30 degrees F (11 to 17 degrees C) below normal, were expected across the eastern half of the United States.

It's even cold in the Deep South, as temperatures plummeted early Tuesday to 14 (-10 Celsius) in Atlanta and 26 (-3 Celsius) as far south as New Orleans. Rural roads are covered with snow this morning but the main roads are clear. Wind chill advisories or warnings have been put in effect for much of New England, northern Pennsylvania and NY.

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The arctic air will finally shift to the east, returning high temperatures to seasonal levels. "We're used to a lot of snow here in Erie, but this is unprecedented, the amount we got", Dahlkemper said.

Officials throughout the region urged residents to alert social services if they saw people stuck outside in the cold.

The cold is blamed in at least nine deaths in the past week. The organizers said the arctic blast made jumping into the lake too unsafe.

On Tuesday, apparent temperatures will hover below 10 degrees across the state.

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