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Friday, January 5, 2018

Scenes from a frigid Saranac Lake

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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.

Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch is a staff writer and photographer for the nonprofit Adirondack Explorer, where he has been employed since 2014. Mike previously worked for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, where he won numerous awards. He took home first place three times in the "beat reporting" category for coverage of the outdoors in New York State Associated Press Association and New York News Publisher Association contests. Mike’s favorite outdoor activities include paddling, hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing. In 2011, he paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine, and made a 40-minute documentary about the trip.

Mike can be reached at mike@adirondackexplorer.org.

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