Around 100 million people shivered In the United States as temperatures plummeted – with a wind chill close to minus 100F (minus 73.3C) on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington meaning it vied for the world’s coldest place.
Jaw-clenching temperatures hit throughout the Northeast of the country – Burlington, Vermont was at minus 1F (minus 18.3C) and a wind chill of minus 30 (minus 34.4C), while both Philadelphia and New York were shivering at 8F (minus 13.3C).
And in Hartford, Connecticut, a brutal cold of 10F (minus 12.2C) yielded a wind chill of minus 20F (minus 29C).
On Saturday, winds of more than 90mph swirled Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak, at a temperature of minus 37F (minus 38C) and a wind chill of minus 93F (minus 69C). It tied for second place with Armstrong, Ontario, as the coldest spot in the world.
Boston, at a relatively balmy 11F (minus 12C), was wrangling with a different kind of challenge: a shortage of plumbers as the weather wreaked havoc on pipes that froze and cracked, Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh reported.