CHICAGO (AP) - A
white Christmas for much of the Northeast and Midwest has given way to
bitter cold until the New Year.
National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley says to expect
colder-than-normal temperatures the rest of the week.
hovered around zero degrees in Chicago on Tuesday.
of sub-zero frigid arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills.
advisories or warnings are in effect for all of North Dakota and Wisconsin,
as well as swaths of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.
advisories are also in effect for parts of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and
New York. Meteorologists say frostbite is possible with as little as 30
minutes of exposure.
experienced its most frigid Christmas Day since 1996, with wind chills as
cold as 35 degrees below zero, KSTP-TV reported. The National Weather
Service warned that those whose skin was exposed in such conditions could
get frostbite in as little as 15 minutes.
Snow amounts in the
Midwest were not large for this time of year. A storm system that swept from
Nebraska through Iowa dropped around 2 inches of snow on Chicago, the
weather service said.
That was just
enough to provide a picturesque backdrop for those gathering for Christmas
dinners in the Chicago area. But it wasnít enough to cause havoc either on
roadways or airport runaways.
International Airport was reporting just six cancelations and average delays
of only 15 minutes around noon Monday. There were no cancellations at the
cityís other major airport, Midway, and delays were less than 15 minutes on
The nationís third
largest city had comparatively little snow for the season until the weekend
- just over 2 inches in all, the National Weather Service said.
The city of
Milwaukee had 103 salt trucks treating slick spots Monday, according to WITI-TV.
The trucks were using treated salt thatís deployed when temperatures drop
below 15 degrees.
In addition to
slowing travel in New England, the storm was responsible for some power
outages. Eversource reported more than 20,000 customers in eastern
Massachusetts without electricity, the bulk on Cape Cod which was feeling
the brunt of strong winds.
Most of Indiana had
been under winter weather advisory with officials urging motorists to stay
put unless they absolutely had to travel.