Bitter temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up this weekend and the brutal weather was blamed for a deadly interstate pileup.
The coldest temperatures of the season blew into the region Saturday with gusts that created dangerous windchills, well below zero.
Through noon Sunday, the National Weather Service said, high winds could make it feel as cold as minus 25 to minus 30 degrees in New York City and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, and as cold as minus 35 degrees around Boston.
“These temperatures can be life-threatening — especially for seniors, infants and people with medical conditions,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Stay indoors and take care of each other, he counseled.
Police said weather was a factor in the pileup in Pennsylvania that saw dozens of vehicles — tractor-trailers, box trucks, cars and SUVs — tangled together across three lanes and the snow-covered median of Interstate 78. A snow squall appears to have moved through at the time of the crash. Three people were killed and dozens sent to hospitals.
New York City department of homeless services officials were on the streets responding to reports of people in need of shelter. Friday night, 62 people were brought into shelters and 207 people came to hospitals to get out of the cold.