Massive Winter Storm Threatens Up To 100 Million In Midwest And Northeast

Source: M. Alex Johnson / NBC News

More than 90 million people across the Midwest and Northeast were bracing for a major snowstorm and and blizzard-like conditions, followed by dangerous cold that could sap the melting power of salt and threaten lives.

“It’s going to be brutal,” Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said of the expected sub-zero temperatures. “People that are vulnerable are really going to be hurting.”

The high temperature in New York City will be in the teens on Friday during the day and drop to between 5 and 8 degrees in the evening, with the wind chill making it feel well below freezing. Lows in Boston will be below zero. Maine could see the mercury drop to minus 30 after dark.

“That is a very, very dangerous set of circumstances,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. He dismissed all state workers at 3 p.m. and urged residents to minimize time outside and be aware of frostbite and hypothermia symptoms.

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