Now that the nor'easter has passed, bitter cold moves into the region. (National Weather Service)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A day after much of the region was slammed with over a foot of snow, southern New England braced for frigid temperatures and sub-zero wind chill values.
A wind chill advisory was in effect for coastal and eastern Massachusetts, coastal New Hampshire, all of Rhode Island, and most of Connecticut, with the rest of the region under a wind chill warning.
Temperatures will be falling through the day as Arctic airmass moves overhead. Wind Chill Warnings & Advisories have been issued. Use caution if heading outdoors. pic.twitter.com/k9btyv4WOd— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 5, 2018
Temperatures were expected to fall into the teens Friday, with winds gusting up to 40 mph. Friday night, the low will drop to 1 degree.
The wind and frigid cold will remain through Sunday morning, but on Monday, highs are expected to return to the 30-35 range.
[850am] A Wind Advisory has been issued and will be in effect until 10 PM this evening. We may continue to see wind gusts up to 50 mph today across Southern New England. pic.twitter.com/63brKiaOqn— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 5, 2018
Now, efforts turn to draining flood water before the coming cold freezes it.
MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said that, after so many communities saw flooding, the storm could be one for the record books.
"Certainly it seems that it has been many years since we've seen inundation like this, and by that I mean this widespread," he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones.
There are South Shore communities like Scituate and Marshfield that get flooding of this scale occasionally, but Schwartz said this flooding extended from Newburyport to Sandwich.
"We had 30 to 40 communities report very significant coastal flooding to us," he said.
Though the storm knocked out power for more than 100,000 customers across the east coast, MEMA said they were dealing with only a little over 500 outages as of 10:30 a.m. Friday.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones reports