NEW YORK – An arctic blast from Canada is responsible for some of the frigid temperatures in the northern U.S. and some of the coldest air to hit the Northeast in two years.
The cold was linked to at least two deaths in the Northeast, including that of a woman whose frozen body was found in a driveway.
Temperatures were projected to fall well below zero across New England on Sunday night as a high-pressure area builds over the region. The coldest spots will dip to less than 30 degrees below zero, with the wind chill expected to drop to 51 below zero in some places, the National Weather Service said.
Northern New England is used to cold winters; a remote site in northern Maine recorded a minus 50 reading on Jan. 16, 2009, that tied a 1933 record set in Vermont for the coldest temperature recorded in New England.
About 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia, a man died after spending the night in his car in frigid temperatures in Lansford, Pa.
In North Haven, Conn., Denise O’Hara apparently fell in a driveway and froze to death Saturday night, when temperatures were close to zero, police said.