Arctic Blast Continues To Hold Its Grip On Much Of The East Records Falling With The Low Temperatures
Even winter-loving skiers had second thoughts about the outdoors Monday as arctic air froze pipes and people throughout the East, as far south as Florida.
People who had so far this winter enjoyed unseasonable warmth made up for it in spades - or snow shovels - as the region was gripped by cold that was expected to last several days.
Joe Taddeo hunched his shoulders against the 4-degree chill as he hurried along a sidewalk in Rochester, N.Y.
“You never get used to it,” the 41-year-old lawyer mumbled through chapped lips. “The older I get, the colder it seems to get.”
Low temperature records were broken from New England to South Carolina, with lows dipping from below zero in the North to the teens in the South.
After a weekend storm brought welcome snow to ski areas, some of the outward-bound were dissuaded by the cold. Bill Stenger, president of the Jay Peak ski area in Vermont, said skier visits were down about 40 percent on Monday.
“This morning it was minus 24, but it’s warmer now; it’s minus 10,” Stenger said. “Actually, I’m thrilled that we got the snow.”
So much snow fell at Jay Peak that the resort reported its first-ever avalanche warning on Sunday, Stenger said.
Cold-haters found little relief heading south. Temperatures were below normal across much of Florida, and were expected to stay that way overnight.
“A lot of areas will see the coldest weather they’ve seen this season,” said Scott Carroll of the National Weather Service in Miami.
A slow warming trend will bring temperatures back to normal by midweek, he said.
In South Carolina, the cold was blamed for the death of a 55-year-old man whose body was found in an unheated house in Inman on Saturday.
In New Jersey, neither the cold nor the snow could persuade two mail carriers to give up their challenge to see who would wear summer uniforms the longest.
Steve Nason and Ron Filera were still making their rounds in shorts Monday.
If both men last through the winter, they say the bet will continue into next winter. A case of beer and pride are on the line in the wager made this fall.
With temperatures in the low 20s and a wind chill factor of minus 15 degrees Monday, their bare legs took a beating. Warm gloves, hats and coats helped protect other body parts.
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