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Bitterly cold weather puts region in deep freeze



Residents of Gloucester and Mathews counties have encountered some of the coldest weather this week that they have seen in more than a decade.


According to the National Weather Service, Wakefield, an Arctic air mass moved farther south than normal, enveloping the area Monday afternoon, and bringing with it wind chills of five to 10 degrees below zero Tuesday morning.


Much of the U.S. was in the grip of this cold blast, with some cities in the Midwest reporting colder temperatures this week than those experienced at the South Pole.


Lows Monday and Tuesday nights dipped into the teens, causing residents to take extra precautions to prevent pipes and water pumps from freezing. Highs Tuesday only reached the lower 20s, and with wind chill no higher than the single digits in most areas, provided little relief from the cold.


Temperatures finally made it above the freezing mark Wednesday, and the current cold snap is due to be ov...

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