Record breaking cold

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Another blast of arctic air has made its way through western Massachusetts.

Temperatures dipped to nineteen degrees below zero Saturday morning.  That’s the coldest day in February ever experienced in western Massachusetts. Temperatures dipped this low once before, in February 1996.

It is so cold outside that liquids can freeze in minutes.

Sunday is expected to be much warmer outside, but another storm is also on its way. 22News spoke to a Chicopee resident who said the bitter weather isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s affecting her mood.

“Oh I’m depressed, don’t like cold, don’t like cold at all. I’m ready to move down to California or the Mediterranean somewhere. Somewhere where it’s warm and stays warm all of the time,” said Sue Harnois.

This bone chilling cold is also dangerous. According to CNN, at least 23 people have died this week in the United States due to winter weather. More than 125 million Americans are under a wind chill warning or advisory this weekend.

Luckily western Mass is not dealing with any wind this morning. But that isn’t enough to comfort many local residents dealing with the frigid air.

Robert Davis of Chicopee told 22News, “I usually get up about 4:30, 5:00 in the morning and it was freezing out, a lot of ice still out there. I can’t wait for the warm weather.”

If you do go outside Saturday make sure to bundle up. It would take about a half hour to get frostbite or hypothermia.

We’re expecting a wintry mix Saturday night into Sunday morning, which could include rain. It’s important to keep in mind if we do get rain, it could freeze overnight which might make the roads slipper for drivers.

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