A rare winter storm hit the U.S. southeast on Wednesday, bringing Florida’s capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a “bombogenesis” blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.
The governors of Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency, warning residents to expect icy roads and unseasonable freezing temperatures. In the northeast, work crews loaded trucks with road salt in advance of the storm.
Meanwhile, much of the eastern United States is in the grips of a sustained cold spell that has frozen parts of Niagara Falls on the American and Canadian sides.
Videos uploaded to social media show water flowing over the dramatic ice covered falls and snowy landscapes around them.
In New York, freezing weather and ice created a place for wonder and excitement in Bryant Park and the record-shattering freeze did not stop some hearty tourists from enjoying the cold weather.
The ice skating rink and a frozen fountain were the top attractions.
“It’s pretty unbelievable. There’s certainly nothing like this in Australia. The coldest it gets in Sydney is probably about six degrees, coming here and it’s minus 10, minus 12. It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Cam Ellis, a visitor from Australia.
“I was asking myself, ‘is it real?’,” said Conrad Nass, a visitor from the Netherlands.
“Everything is so different, you know. You just got to be happy with the cold weather. Just be who you are, God bless, and be happy,” said Jessica Jorge, a visitor from Miami, Florida.
The U.S. National Weather Service had blizzard warnings in effect from Virginia to Maine, with areas around Boston expected to see about a foot of snow on Thursday. An arctic air mass will remain entrenched over the eastern two-thirds of the united states through the end of the week, forecasters said. — Reuters
New York bar serves up gold-dusted chicken wings
Golden Chicken Wings on plate. Image grab from Reuters video
A New York restaurateur hopes to strike gold with foodies by elevating the chicken wing by dressing it up in the shimmering precious metal.
Two Manhattan locations of “The Ainstworth” are now selling 24-karat gold dusted chicken wings, which adds “the right touch” to the beloved bar food staple, said owner Brian Mazza.
“I felt like gold would be great to pop on Instagram and gold is you know in. A lot of people are wearing gold now,” he said.
Despite its extravagant exterior, the preparation of the wings is rather conventional, involving brining, frying and tossing it in a honey-chipotle sauce.
“After that process then our chef has the magic touch and then puts the gold on,” Mazza explained.
An Instagram-worthy snap of the glittery wings doesn’t come cheap. The bar sells 10 wings for $45 (USD), 20 wings for $90 at its Chelsea and East Village Locations. For deep-pocketed guests, the bar also offers a special package for $1,000, which will get you 50 wings plus a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac owned by Jay-Z. — Reuters
Deadly US cold snap expected to worsen
A record-shattering arctic freeze kept its grip on the U.S. Northeast, closing schools and affecting travel on the first business day of 2018, and forecasters warned the region could be walloped by snow later in the week.
“Might as well be cold (laughs); it’s going to be cold either way,” said a resident from New Zealand.
“Extra cold, yeah. It’s definitely a lot colder than New Zealand, so,” said a woman.
Officials throughout the region urged residents to alert social services if they saw people stuck outside in the cold.
The frigid weather had gripped much of the country for the past few days, breaking long-standing temperature records in cities from Omaha, Nebraska, to Aberdeen, South Dakota.
“With the extreme temperatures that we’ve been experiencing. As I mentioned, we’re adding two to three inches of ice per day, and so the thickness right now is 10 to 12, 14 inches (25 to 30, 36 cm) of ice in many of the areas,” said Todd Heitkamp, owner of fishing store Dakota Angler.
However, the higher temperatures are expected to be accompanied by heavy snow in the east coast by as early as Wednesday, according to the national weather service. The cold was expected to ease temporarily on Wednesday before the frigid temperatures return on Thursday.
Forty US states were under official winter alerts for bitter cold or snow on Tuesday morning.
Tourists visiting Niagara Falls have posted photos of the waters freezing.
The US National Weather Service tweeted: “Arctic air mass will bring a prolonged period of much-below-normal temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills to the central and eastern us over the next week.”
Authorities are warning that high winds can drive down temperatures even further, leaving uncovered skin frostbitten in minutes.— Reuters