The Midwest and Northeast are experiencing bitterly cold temperatures with sub-zero arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills that are expected to continue for the next several days putting New Year’s celebrations on ice.
With the final days of 2017 underway, forecasters are warning of frigid temperatures that could cause frostbite with as little as 30 minutes of exposure outside in the two regions.
The brutal cold front is currently clobbering several states with many of the temperatures only reaching a high in the 20s and lows in the single digits well below the freezing point.
Wind chill advisories or warnings are in effect for all of North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as swaths of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.
In addition, wind chill advisories are also in effect for parts of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.
A small jet slid off the runway at Michigan City Municipal Airport in Indiana early Wednesday morning. Authorities say the pilot and co-pilot were the only people on-board the plane at the time of the incident, WSBT reported. No injuries were reported.
Up to one million revelers are expected to gather in New York City’s Times Square on Saturday night to celebrate. Forecasters predict the temperature to be around 12 degrees in the evening, however, it will feel dramatically colder due to the wind chill.
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With the final days of 2017 underway, forecasters are warning of the frigid temperatures that could cause frostbite with as little as 30 minutes of exposure outside across the Northeast and Midwest
The brutal cold front is currently clobbering several states with many of the temperatures only reaching a high in the 20s and lows in the single digits well below the freezing point. Above a young girl is pictured on Wednesday bundled up in New York City
Pictured above is pancake ice has formed in a secluded bay near North Avenue Beach. The city of Chicago experiences sub-zero temperatures
People are all bundled up as they brave the frigid temperatures to walk in lower Manhattan on Wednesday
A little girl wears furry earmuffs and is bundled up while with her family in New York City on Wednesday
A Paterson, New Jersey firefighter keeps an eye on the water controls on a fire engine while at the scene of a 2nd Alarm fire at a vacant mill on McBride Ave on Wednesday
People went out for a run near North Avenue Beach in chilly Chicago on Wednesday morning, despite the freezing sub-zero temperatures
A small jet slid off the runway at Michigan City Municipal Airport in Indiana early Wednesday morning (scene above). It’s located about 65 miles from Chicago
Police say plane slid off the runway and went through a fence. The pilot and co-pilot were the only ones on-board at the time of the incident (scene above)
On New Year’s Day, temperatures are predicted to fall even lower with a high of 18 degrees and low of 10 degrees, inching closer to being one of the coldest days on record for the Big Apple.
Back in 1962, the temperature plunged to two degrees on New Year’s Eve, making it the coldest in history.
‘This could turn out to be one of the coldest New Year’s Eves in Times Square in a couple of years, so people attending the big celebration will want to bundle up to keep warm through the first few hours of 2018,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.
‘Right now, New Year’s Eve in New York City is looking mostly dry and chilly with daytime temperatures in the upper 20s F before dropping into the teens overnight.
‘However, there is the chance that a storm may develop and deliver snow to the area around Dec. 31, so people will want to monitor the forecast closely as the end of the year nears.’
Pedestrians walk through steam from the Berkshire Bank building on North Street during a frigid winter day Wednesday in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Kelly Richards, left, and Lisa Rippe, jog around Lake Harriet in the sub-zero temps Wednesday in Minneapolis
A snow blowing operation is pictured above along Routes 394 and 430 in Mayville in Chautauqua County, New York on Wednesday
DOT crews were busy plowing snow over the weekend in the Southern Tier – these pictures were taken on Route 219 near Genesee Road in Springville, New York
Above Rochelle Carlotti digs the snow out of her home in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday
Residents in Erie, Pennsylvania on East 24th Street dig out their cars on Tuesday after a record two-day snowfall. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the storm brought 34 inches on Christmas Day, a new all-time daily snowfall record for Erie
People bundle up to walk down Wentworth Avenue on Tuesday in Chicago. Temperatures hovered around zero degrees in Chicago on Tuesday
For Boston residents, meteorologists predict a low of five degrees on New Year’s Eve and five degrees for the first day of 2018.
Mayor Marty Walsh is urging people to take extra precautions for the bitterly cold weather.
‘In times like these, it’s vital for residents to look out for one another, and I encourage all Bostonians to reach out to the City if they or their neighbors need help this winter season,’ he said in a statement.
For Minneapolis, the low temperatures in the city are also expected to fall even more to minus 19 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Adding the wind chill in, it will feel like minus 25-40 degrees in some areas.
The above graphic shows the highs and lows on New Year’s Eve in New York City from 2010 to 2016
For Midwest cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, the snow is expected to spread causing flight delays and slippery travel
For West coast states like Washington, Idaho and Wyoming, forecasters warn of snow and arctic cold temperatures for Wednesday
For southern states like Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, residents can expect wet and chilly rain over Wednesday, while it will be warm in Florida
There is an ice threat for coastal cities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina from early Thursday to the evening
Making matters worse, forecasters are also cautioning a possible snow threat for the Northeast region over New Year’s weekend
Residents of Wisconsin are set to mark the 50th anniversary of a famous cold weather event called the Ice Bowl of December 31, 1967.
On that day, the temperature was minus 13 degrees when more than 50,000 fans watched the Green Bay Packers win the NFL championship game at Lambeau Filed. This was played before the Super Bowl even existed.
There is an ice threat for coastal cities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina from early Thursday to the evening.
In addition, the Great Lakes may add enough moisture to bring 1-3 inches of snow to several communities and create slippery travel in the Interstate 70, 80 and 90 corridors of the Plains and Midwest.
Making matters worse, forecasters are also cautioning a possible snow threat for the Northeast region over New Year’s weekend.
But meteorologists are uncertain regarding if it will happen along with the precise timing and who may be affected, according to Weather.com.
There is a strong southward plunge of the jet stream that will sharpen up during the weekend over the Great Lakes and East. This is going to provide a jet stream energy that could create a possible East Coast storm
Forecasters predict snow for the Midwest and Plains region of the country, but it’s unclear how much snow will hit the Northeast over the holiday weekend
The above map shows the next 48 hours of precipitation, rain and snow across the U.S. measured in inches
The above graphic shows the most reported temperatures around the contiguous U.S. on Wednesday
The above map shows the variation in temperatures across the country in the past 24 hours
The above infrared satellite map shows the current cloud cover over the U.S. along with the temperatures from cold to coldest
The above map depicts the snow cover from light to heavy across the country as of Wednesday
There is a strong southward plunge of the jet stream that will sharpen up during the weekend over the Great Lakes and East. This is going to provide a jet stream energy that could create a possible East Coast storm.
‘How quickly the storms from the Midwest and the South converge and strengthen will determine the extent and intensity of the snow from the mid-Atlantic to New England,’ according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
‘If the storms converge quickly, near the New Jersey or Delaware coasts, then accumulating snow would be thrown across both the mid-Atlantic and New England.’
Pydynoswski says if this happens, Philadelphia to New York City to Boston and Portland, Maine will see significant snow over the weekend.
Meanwhile, snow continues to fall in Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas that already have seen a record amount of snow over the past few days.
Lake Michigan is pictured above on Tuesday steaming in the morning as temperatures dipped below zero at North Avenue Beach
Tim Christmore uses a rake to get his canoe through the ice-covered Little Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday
With temperatures hovering around zero, a few hardy souls celebrated the season, and the fresh man made snow at Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minnesota on Tuesday
Maryann Sander, a teacher in southeast Wisconsin, gets out of the cold at Stone Creek Coffee as single digit bitter cold temperatures spread across southeast Wisconsin Tuesday
Elizabeth Gallagher and Ian Fullmer, 10, Glendale, enjoy sledding and time with their dog Cocoa along Lake Front Drive as single digit bitter cold temperatures spread across southeast Wisconsin Tuesday
A duck flies over small patches of ice and rising steam from the Mississippi River on Tuesday near Heim’s Mill in St. Cloud, Minnesota………more here