The Latest: Frigid weather too cold to open outdoor rink


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the dangerously cold temperatures and strong winds that have hit the U.S. (all times local):

1 p.m.

Park officials in one Massachusetts town have decided it’s too cold to open an outdoor ice rink.

The Worcester Common Oval was to open between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday for public skating.

The Telegram & Gazette reports Worcester city officials decided that with wind chills expected to be below zero, a decision was made to keep the rink closed for the health and safety of those who use it.

The oval is scheduled to reopen at noon on Saturday.

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9:50 a.m.

Authorities say an Upstate New York woman whose body and vehicle were found in a suburban Syracuse creek apparently crashed during whiteout conditions.

Rescuers found the woman’s body in 4 feet of ice-covered creek water in Onondaga Lake Park on Thursday night. Fifty-year-old Daphne Washburn, of Liverpool, was pulled from the water and pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe she was driving when she encountered extreme whiteout conditions from Thursday’s lake-effect storm. Deputies say she drifted off the road and crashed then apparently got out of her sport utility vehicle not knowing she was in a creek and was unable to get out of the water.

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7 a.m.

Authorities say three people died in separate wrecks and more than 100 traffic crashes were reported after freezing drizzle slickened roads in the Oklahoma City area.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the fatal crashes on three interstates in the metro area Thursday night. The Oklahoma City Fire Department says its crews responded to multiple wrecks, including an eight-vehicle pileup that shut down traffic.

Temperatures have warmed overnight, melting any remaining ice on the roadways. But more wintry weather is in the forecast, with subzero wind chills and 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet expected this weekend.

In the Oklahoma Panhandle, a wild swing in temperatures is expected with Friday highs predicted in the mid-70s followed by wind chill values of 20 below zero on Saturday afternoon.

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12:15 a.m.

Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze.

Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 30 below in parts of the region will make for some crippling conditions Friday.

A weather observer atop Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, says it’s generally late January or February before this sort of Arctic blast arrives.

Forecasters say a storm will follow the frigid weather, bringing chances for snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of the country.

Some schools closed early Thursday and others delayed opening to avoid a bone-chilling wait at the bus stop.