Bitter Cold Weather Takes Hold of Cape Cod, Northern U.S.

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BARNSTABLE — Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come.

On Cape Cod, forecasters were calling for highs only in the mid-teens for Thursday with wind chill factors below zero for much of the day. Temperatures are set to fall into the single digits Thursday night.

Forecasters are warning of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.

“Expect very dangerous wind chills,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Lenore Correia. “It’s very dangerous to be outside for long durations. Stay inside as long as you can, bundle up, lots of layers, and try to limit your time outside.”

The Cape likely will not get much relief from the cold for the foreseeable future. Bitter temperatures are forecast for the New Years weekend and into early next week.

“We have an arctic high over us right now that is pulling in all that arctic air down over us, we’re going to stay in this for a couple of days unfortunately,” Correia said.

The National Weather Service reports International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures Wednesday. International Falls, the self-proclaimed Icebox of the Nation, plunged to 37 degrees below zero, while Hibbing bottomed out at 28 below.

The freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills come as people in Erie, Pennsylvania, continue to dig out from a storm that has dumped more than 65 inches on the city.

Meanwhile, wind chill advisories or warnings are in effect for much of New England, northern Pennsylvania and New York.

Content from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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