The cold’s effects ranged from inconvenience – water pipes needed to be watched carefully, pets couldn’t be too long outside – to real hardship. Ice made it incredibly harder to fight fires in Chicago. There were several deaths in the Midwest and thousands of cases of hypothermia, frostbite and other winter maladies. As the cold wave moved from the Midwest to the East, it even seemed to intensify. In northern Maine the temperature dipped to 36 below Wednesday morning, with a wind chill of minus-45.
Bone-chilling-temperatures were still expected throughout the East this weekend, but on Friday the temperature in Fort Wayne and elsewhere in the Midwest perked up to “merely annoyingly cold,” and the improvement was just in time for us to enjoy – snow!
And next week? Another warmup – it’s supposed to hit 54 on Tuesday and drop to only 47 the next day. You can guess what comes next, right?