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Polar chill follows polar vortex

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Just two weeks after the polar vortex brought heavy snow and record low temperatures to the eastern half of the United States, a second major winter storm is set to slam the Eastern Seaboard on January 21st. Additionally, temperatures colder to be 10ᵒ - 25ᵒ colder than average on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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“Behind the storm there will be very cold temperatures,” Chris Vaccaro, a spokesperson for the weather service told the BBC, with temperatures around 0ᵒ F in some areas.

“It will be dangerously cold when you factor in the wind,” he added.

In anticipation of the storm, thousands of flights were canceled, students were sent home from school early, and the federal government closed its offices in the Washington, DC area Tuesday. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 8” – 12” of snow to Philadelphia and New York City, and more than a foot in Boston. It also warned of heavy winds and hazardous driving conditions as the storm moved up the East Coast.

Schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky either remained closed for an extra day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, or planned to send students home early. Even if schools were open, some parents chose not to risk putting their children on slick roads, so kept their children at home.

Here in the Tidewater area, 2” – 5” of snow is expected to fall, with flurries beginning around 4 p.m. and the snow ending around 3 a.m. It is anticipated all Hampton Roads schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 22nd.

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