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States of Emergency Declared in New York, New Jersey

Posted by feww on January 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
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Major Snow Storm and Dangerous Cold Prompt States of Emergency Declarations in States of New York, New Jersey

Authorities in northeastern US have warned residents to stay indoors, as the region braces for a major winter storm forecast to dump up to 14in (35cm) of snow on many areas.

The governors of New York and New Jersey have declared states of emergency and advised residents to stay indoors.

“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors,” said New York Governor Cuomo.

Blizzard conditions, with wind gusts of up to 76 km/h are forecast for New York, and throughout  much of New England.

Massachusetts Governor Patrick sent all non-emergency government employees home two hours early, warning residents to stay indoor and avoid dangerously low temperatures.

Thousands of flight cancellations and delays have been reported throughout the region.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)

High Temperature for Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • 87 degrees (30.5ºC) at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Low Temperature for Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • -47 degrees (-44ºC) at Babbitt, MN
  • -47 degrees at Embarrass, MN
  • -47 degrees at Van Buren, Maine

Issued 7 pm EST Thursday, January 2, 2014 – NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Temperature spread:  134 degrees 

Meantime, the temperatures in Canada also fell to dangerously low levels, with central Quebec recording -51 degrees (-46ºC).

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