Tuesday, January 25, 2022

BRRR! Northeast schools and COVID testing sites forced to close due to extreme cold

BOSTON (AP) – On Tuesday, the northeast warned of extreme cold weather expected to reach minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) in some northern areas and closed some schools elsewhere.

Boston’s public school system, Massachusetts’ largest, announced Monday that schools would not open on Tuesday due to extreme cold temperatures expected. Forecasters from the National Weather Service predict that on Tuesday the maximum temperature in the city will be 12 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 11 degrees Celsius), and due to cold winds it will be felt as low as minus 8 (minus 22 degrees Celsius).

The Meteorological Service has warned that freezing temperatures are also expected in New York, taking into account the cold from the wind.

In some areas of Massachusetts, temperatures can reach minus 15 F (minus 26 C), according to the Meteorological Service. Elsewhere in New England, it could be even colder, as forecasters say that in parts of western Maine, cold winds can reach minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius).

Freezing temperatures aside from cold winds are also expected in Burlington, Vermont, and Concord, New Hampshire. Forecasters said that in Providence, Rhode Island, wind chill should be expected to be as low as minus 1 degree Fahrenheit (minus 17 degrees Celsius).

Low temperatures can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Freezing temperatures aside from cold winds are also expected throughout northern New England.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that four state-controlled COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Tuesday due to the cold. The sites are in Claremont, Manchester, Nashua and Newington.

Central Maine Power said it encourages customers to close windows and open curtains to let in heat from the sun and allow sunlight to reduce dependence on electricity during cold periods.

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