Record-Shattering Cold Weather Grips the U.S.

January 12, 2018
DEEP FREEZE On December 27, 2017, two women take a selfie near a frozen fountain in Bryant Park, in New York City.
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The New Year has brought freezing-cold weather to much of the United States, setting record lows in the Midwest and East.

“You thought you were cold last year,” Jeanne Rivera, of Illinois, said. “But you weren’t cold. Now you’re cold. It hurts.”

Dangerously low temperatures led the National Weather Service to issue wind-chill advisories from southern Texas to Canada and from Montana to Maine. At press time, the cold had caused at least 12 deaths.

It was even chilly in the South. Snow flurries reached Florida. In Georgia, icy weather prompted officials to close highways and schools.

“It has been relentlessly cold since Christmas,” Jeff Masters said. He is the meteorology director of the website Weather Underground.