Parts of the Midwest and the Northeast can't catch a break from wintry weather — even though winter hasn't officially started — as a fast-moving low-pressure system moving in Monday from Canada brought more dangerously low temperatures and new snow on the tail of the weekend's major winter storm.
"It's just one after another. It's kind of a parade of snow marching across the country," said Jonathan Erdman, a senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel.
The "Alberta Clipper" system, named for its origins out of the Canadian province, is accompanied by light snow, strong winds and extremely colder temperatures. Manitowish Waters in northern Wisconsin dropped to 26 degrees below zero early Monday, and similarly bone-chilling conditions were recorded across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
Lows are expected to stay stuck in that zone at least through Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
A Wisconsin man was being treated for hypothermia after he was stranded when he rammed his snowmobile into a lakefront ice shelf in Calumet County, NBC station WGBA of Green Bay reported. A state plane had to be called out to help find the 33-year-old man as ground-based rescue crews were nearly blinded by white-out snow Sunday afternoon.
A Delta airplane left the paved runway Monday after landing at Dane County Regional Airport in Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, a Boeing 737 slid off the runway Monday afternoon at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison and into a snowbank. The airport said none of the 60 passengers injured on the plane, which was arriving from Minneapolis.
The icebox that is the Upper Midwest is turned down to its lowest setting in more than 40 years, the National Weather Service said. The average high for the week of Dec. 6 in many parts of Minnesota was 6 degrees — the lowest since 1972, when gas cost 36 cents a gallon.
Overnight lows dropped well below zero, to temperatures that can freeze exposed skin in as little as five minutes, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Parts of Ohio were shivering in high temperatures 15 degrees below normal, in the lower 20s. The Weather Channel forecast light to moderate snow Monday in the Lower Midwest and Tuesday in the Northeast, with accumulations of up to 5 inches in most highly populated areas affected by the Clipper.
New York City, fresh off 5 inches of snow Saturday, was predicted to see another couple of inches Tuesday, with up to 5 inches in parts of Boston. Coastal and eastern Maine were expected to see the heaviest snowfall.
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Thomas Niziol, a winter weather expert for The Weather Channel, said the storm could affect millions of people along the I-95 corridor from New York to Boston on Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Tuesday across southern New England, where the Clipper was expected to intensify as it hit moister air. Boston could get as much as 5 inches of new snow, Niziol said, while areas south, like New York and Philadelphia, should expect 2 to 4 inches, he said.
But "these types of systems have been known to really spin up off the New England coast, and that scenario would produce heavier snow, with more significant amounts across parts of northern coastal New England," he said.
Temperatures were expected to keep dropping into the night in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, with coastal areas dipping below well zero overnight.
The bigger problem is strong winds that will create dangerously low wind-chill conditions, said Jim Brown of the National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine. For the second straight night, winds will make it feel like 30 to 40 degrees below zero in the mountains after wind chills that plummeted as low as minus-57 Sunday night in Mount Washington, N.H.
The latest storm comes on the heels of a weekend bout that dumped on the Northeast, leaving more than a foot of snow in some places.
Not everyone was complaining. Sixteen inches of snow fell on Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt., allowing the ski resort to open 91 trails. Most New England resorts are open for skiing and riding 10 days before Christmas.
"We have been watching [the forecast] since people first started talking about it on Monday or Tuesday," said Ethan Austin, a spokesman for the Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. "We're pretty psyched."
First published December 16 2013, 2:11 AM