The impact of the frigid cold, snowstorm, by the numbers

  • Jason Johnson helps his son Jacquio jump start his car Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 on the south side of South Bend, Indiana. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)

  • A woman walks past a mural near the Metro Bus Transit Center Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in downtown St. Cloud, Minn. Temperatures in the area were in the minus 30 range Wednesday morning. (Dave Schwarz/The St. Cloud Times via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A look at how this week’s snowstorm and bitter cold have affected the United States, by the numbers:

22 — Number of states that recorded sub-zero temperatures Wednesday. Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York all saw temperatures that were below zero. New Hampshire also saw sub-zero temperatures at higher elevations. Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Idaho saw temperatures below zero as well, but not as a direct result of the surge of cold air that has hit the Upper Midwest, according to the National Weather Service.

139 million — Roughly the number of people in the U.S. who were under a wind chill advisory or wind chill warning as of midday Wednesday, according to information from the National Weather Service.

10 — Number of states where mail delivery was suspended either statewide or in part due to dangerously cold conditions, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The affected states include Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

370 — Number of blood drives sponsored by the American Red Cross that had to be cancelled nationwide due to winter weather. The Red Cross says these cancellations will lead to an estimated 11,600 in uncollected blood donations for the month of January, based on the expected number of potential donors at cancelled drive locations.


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