Scenes from a frigid Saranac Lake

People living in the Adirondacks woke up to frigid temperatures Friday morning. In Saranac Lake, the temperature hovered around -10 degrees Fahrenheit and gusty winds. The National Weather Service in Burlington reported wind chills at about -30 in the northern Adirondacks and have issued a wind chill advisory until Saturday night.

“The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin,” declared a NWS weather advisory. “Expect wind chills to range from 30 below zero to 45 below zero.”

And that was in the lower elevations. Up high in the mountains, temperatures were drastically colder. Whiteface Mountain weather station reported winds of 81 miles per hour at 3 p.m. Friday. The temperature was -26.

Schools were closed throughout the region, and many outdoor activities have been cancelled.

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