Below Zero One Day, 45 Above the Next

Temperatures soar in Northeast, especially, after brutal cold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2023 5:25 PM CST
Below Zero One Day, 45 Above the Next
Katy Maganella, 37, protests in front of an Austin Energy truck in her neighborhood in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. Thousands of Austin residents were still without power days after an ice storm knocked out electricity to nearly a third of the city's customers.   (AP Photo/Paul Weber)

Temperatures in many areas of the Northeast US climbed to the mid-40s Fahrenheit on Sunday, a day after the region suffered through temperatures that plummeted into the negative teens and felt like minus 45 to minus 50 degrees with the wind chill. Atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the temperature rose to a relatively balmy 18 degrees a day after the actual temperature nosedived to minus 47 and the wind chill was measured in excess of minus 108 degrees, the AP reports. The warming weather extended to Texas, where thousands of Austin residents were still without power five days after an ice storm knocked out electricity to nearly a third of the city.

By Sunday, more than 90% of the city had power, according to Austin Energy. But the lights were still out for 40,000 customers, and there was no timetable for completing repairs. Katy Manganella, 37, grew so frustrated that when Austin Energy came to her neighborhood Sunday with a charging station for residents—but still no repair trucks—she paced in front of the station holding a poster that read, "This pregnant lady is over it!" Manganella, a therapist who is seven months pregnant, said: "It's been pretty miserable. How is there no plan for this?" In the Northeast, there was collateral damage from the extreme cold and high winds.

Boston Medical Center closed its emergency department after a pipe froze and burst on Saturday night. It is expected to remain closed until Tuesday. In Rhode Island, a Providence armory being used as a warming center had some windows blown out by raging winds on Friday into Saturday, but repairs were soon completed. The above-average temperatures are expected to stick around awhile, said Bob Oravec, the lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland. "We're having much more milder flow across a good part of the country, and we do expect the temperatures to be above average for the upcoming week across the good part of the country, especially the Northeast," he said.

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