Last updated: 05:27 PM ET, Sat February 13 2016

Northeast Gearing Up for 'Life-Threatening' Cold

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 13, 2016

Northeast Gearing Up for 'Life-Threatening' Cold

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The northeastern United States is preparing for what officials are calling “life-threatening” temperatures this weekend, CNN reported. 

Bone-chilling cold arctic air is expected to blow through the area, bringing wind chills of 25 degrees F to 45 degrees F below zero for parts of New England, according to CNN.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference Saturday morning, asking New Yorkers to be cautious.

"The city is facing some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills we've seen in the last 20 years," de Blasio said.

The mayor urged all property owners, construction sites and crane operators to take precautions, according to CNN. Because of high winds, all crane operations were stopped on Saturday.

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More than a dozen states are under a wind chill advisory or warning, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters expect record low temperatures Saturday night and Sunday morning in much of New England and predict record lows in up to 18 Eastern cities on Sunday, CNN said.

Most of Massachusetts will also be under a wind chill advisory until noon Sunday, The Boston Globe reported. 

“Extremely low temperatures present challenges for our city,” Boston mayor Martin Walsh said to Fox News. “I ask each and every single Boston resident to stay safe and to look after their neighbors.”

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Emergency crews in Connecticut were already dealing with weather-related road incidents on Saturday. They had already responded to more than 1,000 calls for help since 8 a.m. Friday, AAA spokeswoman Amy Parmenter told the Hartford Courant.

AAA warned motorists to be prepared by making sure their cell phones are charged and that they are dressed for the weather in case their vehicles break down, Fox News said.


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