Cold temperatures could reach minus 60 degrees below zero this weekend in parts of the Northeast, the National Weather Service said, as wind chill and strong winds could bring the lowest wind chill in decades.
The National Weather Service has placed most of New England under a wind chill warning. Wind chill advisories have been issued for the upper Midwest and other parts of the Northeast.
The National Weather Service advises that it doesn’t take long for someone to experience frostbite under these types of conditions. When the air coolness reaches minus 25, frostbite can occur in 15 minutes. Hypothermia is also a big concern.
In parts of Maine, where the air temperature could drop below minus 20, winds could reach 35 to 55 mph. Blizzard warnings are also in place for some parts of the state.
“Low temperatures are forecast to be coldest Saturday, with single digits as far south as Pennsylvania and subzero lows widespread across New England. A cold front is expected Thursday night into Friday,” the National Weather Service said. There is also a possibility of snow and lake-effect snow, which can reduce visibility and make travel hazardous.