Bay State residents today are coping with the coldest temperatures in six years, while preparing for another possible strike of snow midweek.
Temperatures at Logan Airport registered 22 degrees at noon today, but forecasters predicted they will drop to minus 5 degrees tonight, with the wind chill making it feel like minus 25 degrees. Monday will be sunny, meteorologists said, but temperatures won't climb past 10 degrees.
Western Massachusetts, particularly the Connecticut River Valley, will have it even worse. Cities and towns there are facing temperatures of minus 15 tonight and minus 30 with the wind chill. Monday, temperatures are only expected to get up to 5 to 7 degrees.
Charlie Foley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, said forecasters are tracking a winter storm that could drop 6 or more inches of snow on the region Wednesday, but it is still unclear how severe the storm will be.
"It has the potential to be a significant storm,'' he said, ''but that could change.''
In Springfield this morning, where the temperature was hovering around 5 degrees, Dave Wilson, 56, said that the weather has kept business away from the Cozy Cafe, a family-operated bar and grill he helps run.
"The weather has definitely been a factor, and it's really just killing us," said Wilson. "Business is down about 60 percent. It's really bad."
Wilson said customer traffic has been low since the snowstorm two weeks ago. And he does not expect business to pick up this week, with more snow expected. "We got nowhere to put this stuff," he said.
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