The Lowest wind chill record was set this past Friday at Howard Pass, Alaska.
On February 14, 2014 at 3:39pm AKST, the wind chill reached a staggering -97F!
The previous record was -96F.
A winter storm that dumped snow, ice and forced the cancellations of thousands of flights in the Deep South Wednesday is now wreaking similar havoc along the East Coast.
The snow, sleet and freezing rain that iced Southern highways also knocked out electricity to more than half a million homes and businesses. Ice combined with wind gusts up to 30 mph snapped tree limbs and power lines.
More than 200,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in Georgia, South Carolina had about 245,000 outages, and North Carolina around 100,000. Some people could be in the dark for days.
At least 14 deaths across the South have been blamed on the weather.
Drivers in and around Raleigh, N.C., became snarled Wednesday in huge traffic jams and abandoned cars in scenes reminiscent of motorist woes in Atlanta during a storm two weeks ago.
In South Carolina, more accustomed to occasional hurricanes, some could only relate the damage from ice-snapped tree limbs to that of bygone Hurricane Hugo. Even normally balmy Myrtle Beach, where millions of visitors cavort each summer, cars were coated in thick ice.
Even areas along the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida where not spared from the winter storm.
Thousands of people have been stranded at work, school and on roadways as the storm has wreaked havoc across the southeast.
Resources in police, fire and rescue units have been pushed to the limits. Hundreds of traffic accidents were widespread from city to city, law enforcement and rescue were unable to answer many of the incidents.
In addition to the snow on the ground, a very cold Arctic air mass in place, it is going to be a bitterly cold night across these areas as the snowpack will enhance overnight lows to single digits in many of the locations.
Snow on palm trees in Jasper, Texas this morning.
photo from @davidwolter1