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Temperatures plunge as Arctic air blasts New England

BOSTON (AP) — Officials across New England cautioned residents to stay indoors Saturday as a blast of Arctic air drives windchills as low as 35 degrees below zero (37 below zero Celsius) ahead of a winter storm. The National Weather Service issued windchill warnings across stretches of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine as temperatures plunged overnight. The service cautioned that dangerously cold windchills could cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes on exposed skin. Strong winds led to cancellation of the Lake Champlain ferry service between Charlotte, Vermont, and Essex, New York. With Vermont feeling some of the deepest cold, transportation officials encouraged residents to take blankets and emergency kits if they ventured outside. In New Hampshire, health officials closed four outdoor COVID-19 testing clinics because of the cold and instead steered ...

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