Winter keeping its icy grip on US

2015-02-20 18:11
Icicles hang off barbwire outside a strawberry field in Plant City, Fla. (Chris O'Meara, AP)

Icicles hang off barbwire outside a strawberry field in Plant City, Fla. (Chris O'Meara, AP)

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Philadelphia - Records for low temperatures were broken across the Eastern US on Friday and the bitter cold showed no sign of letting up before the weekend.

The National Weather Service says the newest band of Arctic air could plunge parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic into deep freezes that haven't been felt since the mid-1990s.

The extreme weather brought record low temperatures from western Pennsylvania to New York City and on into Connecticut, forcing a number of school closures.

The cold snap followed snow and ice storms earlier in the week. The low temperatures caused much freezing and refreezing of snow, ice and roads. Weather forecasters warn that more sleet and freezing rain will be possible in the coming days.

Bitter cold temperatures have shattered decades-old records in Washington and Baltimore.

The National Weather Service said the low Friday got down to -14°C at Reagan National Airport, just across the Potomac River from Washington. That beats the record low of -13°C, set in 1896.

At Baltimore's airport, the temperature dipped down to -17°C. The record was -15°C, set in 1979.

In New York City's Central Park, the temperature hit a record -16°C, beating the previous low of -14°C in 1950.

In western Pennsylvania, temperatures dipped to minus -28°C in some areas.

In Midwestern Minnesota state, temperatures dropped to way below zero in one community, Embarrass, without the wind-chill factor.

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