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Parts of U.S. hit by extremely cold weather

English.news.cn   2014-01-06 01:30:22            

CHICAGO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Wind chills were wreaking havoc in the northern and central parts of the United States while it snowed heavily from the Eastern Plain to the Great Lakes of the country Sunday.

A new round of heavy snow started to fall in Chicago, the U.S. state of Illinois from Saturday. The city's O'Hare International Airport was forced to cancel 1,200 flights as the snowing weather continued Sunday, coupled with gusty winds.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Chicago Saturday, which will be in effect until 6 pm Sunday. Officials are expecting 25 centimeters to 30 centimeters of snow to cover the Chicago area by Sunday evening.

John f. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, which had heavy snowfall Thursday night, also announced to temporarily suspend operations for domestic and international flights due to icing conditions early Sunday morning. It reopened for arriving and departing flights later on Sunday, with residual delays.

The National Weather Service also warned at its website that the northern and central parts of the U.S. will expect the coldest temperatures in about two decades because of the impact of an arctic cold front. Combined with gusty winds, the temperatures will result in "life-threatening wind chill values as low as 60 degrees (Fahrenheit or 51 degrees Celsius) below zero" in some areas.

Editor: yan
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