Emergency Officials Prep for Bitter Cold

Arctic blast set to hit eastern two-thirds of U.S.

Emergency officials across New England are urging residents to stay indoors as much as possible as the region braces for a blast of frigid weather.

Forecasts predict temperatures in the teens and single digits over the next several days, with wind chills below zero. People should also watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is reminding residents to remain vigilant to help the city's vulnerable populations, particularly homeless and elderly residents. If you see a person in need of shelter, please call: (617) 633-0170. If the situation is an emergency, please call 911. 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency issued a situational awareness statement warning of "potentially life-threatening cold," with wind chills that could result in frostbite and hypothermia.

Temperatures are expected to reach 10 below zero across northwest Massachusetts, and near zero in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. Temperatures in Nantucket and on the Cape are expected to be slightly higher.

A cold-weather protocol was activated Tuesday by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, directing state agencies to coordinate with the 211 hotline and network of shelters. Warming centers are already open in some areas.

Perry Plummer, the New Hampshire Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is encouraging residents to have emergency supplies in their cars in the event that they get stuck.

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