Bitter cold, snow up north, but for us – damp and cool

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Across Northwest Florida the coldest temps will dip into the low-30s on New Year’s Day night.

Staff and wire reports

A white Christmas for much of the Northeast and Midwest has given way to bitter cold until the New Year.

Residents should expect colder-than-normal temperatures for the rest of the week, according to Chicago-area National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley. Temperatures hovered around zero degrees in Chicago on Tuesday.

A Christmas storm also dumped a record amount of snow on the Erie, Pennsylvania, area. And the National Weather Service said at least an additional 5 to 10 inches were expected through Wednesday. The storm brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 24.5 inches fell by Tuesday night, bringing the total since Dec. 23 to more than 62.9 inches.

The city issued a snow emergency, citing “dangerous and impassable” roads.

Forecasters warn of sub-zero frigid arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills in much of the U.S.

Wind chill 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.

Wind chill advisories were also in effect for parts of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Meteorologists warn frostbite is possible with as little as 30 minutes of exposure.

Across Northwest Florida the rest of the year will have highs ranging from 52 to 58 and lows mostly in the 40s through the end of the year before dipping into the low-30s on New Year’s Day night, according to the National Weather Service.

There’s no snow, obviously, but a chance of rain is likely Wednesday and at 40 percent for Thursday. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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