Old Man Winter flexes his might
Residents brrr-ace against frigid air, snow
He’s not letting us get off easy this year.
After a few relatively-placid winters, Old Man Winter proved his mettle just one week into 2014, blasting the Delaware Valley region with dangerous Arctic air and snow.
A “polar vortex” that brought frigid air and gusty winds to the Midwest over the weekend stretched into the Northeast on Monday, plunging the area into a deep freeze. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, temperatures hovered within a degree or two of 0, with wind chills of -17 and -18 in Doylestown, New Hope and Quakertown, the National Weather Service reported – the coldest temperatures in decades.
The Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) joined with the county Health Department to issue a “Code Blue” declaration between 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, through 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.
The EMA worked with Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley, Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham and West Swamp Mennonite Church in Quakertown, to activate their emergency shelters. The on-call churches were prepared to coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities, the county said. Residents were also urged to check on their elderly neighbors and to take caution with pets during the frigid weather.
This week’s cold spell follows a white holiday season in which snow blanketed the area on several occasions. Just one day removed from their holiday break, students enjoyed their first snow day of the new year on Jan. 3, after a storm dumped more than six inches of snow on parts of the region and sent temperatures careening into the negative.
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