An arctic blast from Canada is responsible for the frigid temperatures in the northern U.S. and some of the coldest air to hit this area in two years.

You think it was cold here in Western New York...temperatures plummeted overnight to 36 degrees below zero in Saranac Lake.  When factoring in wind chills, it actually felt as cold as 50 degrees below zero in some areas.

In contrast, it's currently 23 in Anchorage, Alaska.

I have a habit of checking the weather before going to bed.  The temperature at 10pm last night at Niagara Falls Airport (the closest location to my home) was -9, it was CLEAR and bone chilling cold.  By this morning when I got up at 3:30am it was a balmy -4 at the NF Airport (probably since cloud cover had rolled in).  The good news, Mike Randall says temps will get into  the 20s today and the 30s tomorrow.

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Just in case you were wondering in Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the New York Jets in the NFL playoffs Sunday evening, the temperature was about 13 degrees at game time.