Sunday’s snowfall across Highland County and the bitter cold that lasted through the weekend were replaced by warmer temperatures but the possibility of more snow or sleet overnight Monday and into the early morning hours on Tuesday.
Fortunately for many, schools, government offices and other businesses were already scheduled to be closed Monday due to the Presidents Day holiday.
On Tuesday, rain will possibly mix with snow during the evening, with accumulation only slight. Throughout the week, temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-30s until a big warming trend moves in on Friday. From Friday through Sunday, temperatures are predicted in the mid-50s each day.
Other parts of the state and nation were dealing with more significant weather events. Meteorologist Bruce Sullivan said there could be significant snowfall — 4 to 8 inches — in western Pennsylvania and western New York. Some mountainous areas expected to get even more snow.
In Virginia on Monday, the state police asked motorists to delay any unnecessary travel until weather conditions could improve. Traffic crashes claimed at least one life, and nearly two dozen disabled vehicles were reported across Virginia.
In North Carolina, light freezing rain, sleet and snow caused wrecks and closed schools and businesses. The National Weather Service said the precipitation was light Monday morning, but with temperatures in the 20s, it was freezing immediately on bridges, roads and other surfaces.
By Tuesday, when temperatures get higher, the rain and some runoff could cause flooding in some areas, Sullivan said.
Sunday’s teeth-chattering temperatures were some of the coldest on record.
From New York and Boston to Providence, Rhode Island, and Hartford, Connecticut, temperatures on Sunday morning dipped to as low as minus 40 — on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
The National Weather Service said the temperature in New York City’s Central Park fell to minus 1, a record low for the date. The last time it was below zero in Central Park was in January 1994.
Boston reached minus 9, breaking the record set in 1934 by 6 degrees. It reached minus 16 in Worcester, Massachusetts, breaking the 1979 record of 11 below zero. Providence hit minus 9 and Hartford reached minus 12, also breaking records from 1979.
In Montpelier, Vermont, the overnight temperature hit minus 19, tying a record set in 2003. And South Lincoln, Vermont, recorded 27 below zero.
Temperatures were so low in some spots, utilities were knocked out. A frozen regulator left about 400 customers in Connecticut without natural gas service, and officials believe extreme cold in Vermont broke a utility pole, knocking out service to about 1,500.
An emergency generator didn’t kick in for Sheffield Selectboard Chairman Walter Smith, who said he lost a greenhouse full of about 500 orchids.
“I’ve got it working now, but it’s too late,” he said.
On Sunday, officials were concerned by the cold they said was dangerous and could be fatal to those spending too much time outdoors — especially the homeless.
Outreach teams brought 105 people into New York shelters, and 288 showed up at hospitals and health facilities, including more than 20 who were brought in for care needed immediately, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
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