Death toll tops 60 across U.S. as arctic blast leaves dangerous icy conditions

January 21, 2024
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In Baltimore, high winds on Saturday made temperatures feel like they were barely in the double digits. Football fans attending the NFL playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium had to bundle up in multiple layers — another frigid matchup, although not expected to be as record-setting as last weekends Kansas City Chiefs-Miami Dolphins game in Kansas City.

Ahead of Sunday evening’s playoff game between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, fans in the Buffalo, New York, area were again being asked to show up Saturday and help shovel out Highmark Stadium. They could earn $20 an hour, reported NBC affiliate WGRZ.

“Shoveling for the Bills, we got to get this done and get this win against the Chiefs,” fan Tyler Kocher said as team officials estimated that “hundreds” worked furiously to dig out the nearly 5 feet of snow from the stands.

Meanwhile, Southern cities were also bracing for a deep freeze: Atlanta feels-like temperatures were in the teens because of the wind chill, while residents in Nashville were waking up to temperatures that felt like below zero Fahrenheit.

Travel remained perilous Saturday morning in the Great Lakes region, where snow showers were expected to redevelop in parts of Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The additional snowfall comes after some parts of Indiana saw as much as 32 inches on Friday.

Elsewhere Saturday, heavy rain was expected in Northern California while thousands of residents in the Portland, Oregon, area were still without power following another round of freezing rain on Friday.

At least nine weather-related deaths have occurred in Oregon, including three people in Portland who were killed by a downed power line in an incident that saw a young woman rescue a 9-month-old baby.

The latest cold snap is expected to improve after the weekend.

With “no additional replenishment of Arctic air from Canada,” the National Weather Service said, a “steady warm-up” is forecast for the middle of the country beginning Sunday.





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