Saturday, January 4, 2014

Frozen: Holiday Week Ends in the Fridge

Posted By on Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Flights were taking off and landing as scheduled at the Boise Airport this morning, but anyone making connections—especially to points east—may need to pack some extra patience.

More than 3,500 flights were canceled Jan. 3 as a blast of snow and ice crippled much of the Midwest and East Coast. The number of delayed flights since the snow started falling on New Year's Day was approximately 50,000. Even before sunrise this morning, there were more than 750 cancellations and more than 2,400 delays.

The National Weather Service said "dangerously cold temperatures" will slam the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest through the weekend, driving wind chill temperatures in some areas to 50, 60 or even 70 degrees below zero by Sunday night.

The weather service warned that "wind chills colder than 50 below can cause exposed flesh to freeze in only five to 10 minutes." Cities and states are already taking precautions. Minnesota called off school for Monday statewide, the first such closing in 17 years.

Sunday's playoff game in Green Bay could be among one of the coldest NFL games ever played. Temperatures at Lambeau Field are expected to be a frigid minus 2 degrees when the Packers and San Francisco 49ers kick off, and by the fourth quarter, it'll be a bone-chilling minus 7, with wind chills approaching minus 30, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service office in Boise is calling for sunny skies and high temperatures near freezing in the Treasure Valley. Overnight lows will drop to the single digits tonight in McCall and Sun Valley.

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