New England has been hit with a blast of winter cold from Canada so severe that at least two people have died, including one woman whose frozen body was found in a driveway in Connecticut, the AP reports. She apparently fell Saturday night and froze while temperatures were near zero; her body was found yesterday morning when neighbors called the police. Things are expected to get even worse today, with the wind chill in some areas of New England was expected to make it feel as cold as 50 degrees below zero.
Schools in parts of Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire closed their doors or delayed openings to protect students from temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero or even colder. “This is the coldest air we’ve had in about two years,” said one Caribou, Maine meteorologist. In Philadelphia, the city has extended an emergency alert allowing authorities to round up homeless people and bring them to shelters to escape the hazardous cold.