The extreme cold gripping much of the Midwest and East Coast is beginning to move south. It was 20 degrees in Pensacola, Fla. on Tuesday morning.
The high Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich. was to reach 4 degrees, but the wind chill was minus 17, according to the National Weather Service.
Public schools and even Michigan State University were closed for the second day.
It was the same in Minneapolis.
Juneau Meteorologist Tom Ainsworth calls the cold blast from Canada an “Alberta Clipper.” But the upper Midwest is certainly no stranger to cold air.
“The severity of the cold and the strength of the wind delivering it was really a difference and a headline maker this time,” Ainsworth says.
Meanwhile, Juneau’s weather pattern isn’t expected to change anytime soon.
We’re locked into warm rain.
The forecast calls for Juneau temperatures to remain in the mid to upper 30s through Sunday. That means rain at sea level.
“The cold air that’s making all the headlines back east has to retreat father north again and then the whole northern hemisphere pattern will change somewhat,” Ainsworth says, “but until that changes, we’re unusually warm just like they’re unusually cool.”
It’s so cold in Kentucky that an inmate who escaped a minimum security prison turned himself into police. He said it was too cold for a getaway.
- Plows cleared away slushy snow Saturday morning. But icy conditions persisted because state workers wanted to avoid using too much overtime. Budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Transportation will affect drivers for another winter.
- For the past three months, a magistrate judge based in Yakutat has covered Haines arraignments and other court proceedings. But this week, that changes.
- Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.
- As the winter solstice approaches and daylight hours are short in Alaska, public safety, medical groups and other Alaska businesses are calling attention to pedestrian safety.