The relatively brief reprieve the Northeast enjoyed from the bitter cold is coming to an end.
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Winds are easing somewhat in the Northeast, allowing actual temperatures to drop even lower on Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. The actual temperatures will be near zero for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. A word of caution: Wind Chills in some spots will be 10 to 20 degrees lower than that.
A significant storm bringing heaving snow, freezing rain, sleet, and heavy rain blanketed parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley on Friday, moved into the Northeast on Friday night and will head out of the U.S. by late Saturday morning. The storms caused numerous impacts on area roadways, creating a messy and dangerous Friday across parts of the region.
The heavy snow and ice caused major problems on several interstates. I-65 in parts of Kentucky had all southbound lanes closed on Friday night due to an accident. On I-24, near the Tennessee-Kentucky Border, two people were injured in a 10-vehicle crash. And on I-40 in Tennessee, numerous accidents closed the interstate in Henderson County. Four to 6 inches of snow was reported in parts of southwest Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee on Friday afternoon. Heavy snow, up to three inches in central Ohio, caused snow emergencies for several counties. Up to 7,000 people were reported without power in central Ohio due to downed power lines.
The combination of very mild air and heavy rain…