Arctic air will blast much of US just before Christmas

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A man is covered in snow on Fenn Street in Pittsfield, Mass, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Forecasters are warning of treacherous holiday travel and life-threatening cold for big parts of the nation, an arctic air mass blows into the already-frigid southern United States.

In a special weather statement Sunday, the National Weather Service predicted “extreme and prolonged freezing conditions for southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana.”

Earlier storm is winding down

The rare arctic air mass comes as an earlier storm system gradually winds down in the northeastern U.S., after burying parts of the region under two feet of snow.

Arctic air will blast US

More than 80,000 customers in New England were still without power Sunday morning.