JFK Shuts Down After Plane Skids Off "Ice Skating Rink" Runway: Entire Nation Blanketed In Subzero Deep Freeze

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: JFK has now reopened.

It's cold out there. Cold enough that JFK's runways are so frozen, airplanes literally are skidding off runways, which is what happened seconds ago to a Delta airplane landing at JFK.The result: JFK is now closed until further notice.

From NBC:


Officials announced that John F. Kennedy International Airport was closed Sunday morning because of inclement weather. The announcement came shortly after a plane that had landed at the airport skidded while exiting a runway.


A freezing rain advisory is in effect for much of the tri-state area.


The FAA said Delta Connection 4100, which originated in Toronto and was being flown by Endeavor Air, landed on runway 22 at the airport at 8 a.m. and slid into a snow bank as it was moving toward a taxiway. The plane was towed to the gate with passengers on board.


No injuries were reported, and the FAA is investigating.

It's not just the airports:

But that's just New York: elsewhere America is gripped in a cold spell which may beat all records, as 140 million Americans are expected to see subzero temperatures in the coming days, including the deep south.

As CNN reports, "The deep freeze gripping much of the country is about to send temperatures plummeting to unbelievable lows. Parts of the Midwest and Great Plains will plunge as low as 30 degrees below zero on Sunday. That's where the Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers in what could be the coldest football game in NFL history. By Wednesday, nearly half the nation -- 140 million people -- will shudder in temperatures of zero or lower, forecasters said. Even the Deep South will endure single-digit or sub-zero temperatures."

What to expect around the country:

As if the 30-below-zero temperatures weren't frigid enough, the wind chill in much of Midwest and Great Plains could drop to minus 50, the National Weather Service said. And that's on top of the moderate to heavy snow possible over the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Sunday.


"Brutal conditions will continue pushing southeastward to the Ohio Valley and Mid-South by Monday, and to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday," the weather agency said. "Afternoon highs on Monday for parts of the Midwest states and the Ohio Valley will fail to reach zero degrees."

But nobody will have it worse than some 70,000 Green Bay Packers fans who may see frigid conditions as bad as -40 with the wind chill:

More than 70,000 hardcore Packers fans hoping to see their team get
closer to the Super Bowl will have their loyalty tested Sunday as they
endure temperatures as low as 15-below-zero in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
With the wind, the air could feel as cold as minus-30 to minus-40
degrees to the sold-out crowd.


The Packers will give free hand warmers, hot chocolate and coffee to the fans braving the cold on Sunday, spokesman Aaron Popkey said.


In Embarrass, Minnesota, residents wondered whether they might see their record-cold temperature of 64 below zero, set in 1996, snap like an icicle.


"I've got a thermometer from the weather service that goes to 100 below," resident Roland Fowlei told CNN affiliate KQDS. "If it gets that cold, I don't want to be here."

Even the Deep South won't be spared:

The arctic blast threatens to sweep subzero lows as far south as Alabama and plunge much of the Deep South into the single digits.


To put things in perspective, the weather in Atlanta on Monday will be colder than in Anchorage, Alaska, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.


Freezing rain is also possible along the Appalachians all the way up to New England over the next couple of days, the National Weather Service said.


The low temperatures and wind chill are a dangerous recipe for rapid frostbite or hypothermia.


"Exposed flesh can freeze in as little as five minutes with wind chills colder than 50 below," the National Weather Service's Twin Cities office in Minnesota said. Forecasters there warned of "the coldest air in two decades.


Over the past week, at least 13 people have died from weather-related conditions.


Eleven people died in road accidents -- including one man crushed as he was moving street salt with a forklift.


One man in Wisconsin died of hypothermia. And an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease in New York state wandered away from her home and was found dead in the snow in a wooded area about 100 yards away.

Finally, those who can avoid to travel should do so:

The already dreadful stream of stranded passengers and canceled flights will only get worse.


FlightAware.com, which tracks cancellations due to both weather and mechanical problems, said more than 1,500 flights have been canceled for Sunday. That's after 4,500 flights were called off on Friday and Saturday.


In Chicago, a plane headed to Las Vegas slid off the taxiway at O'Hare International Airport on Saturday night. None of the passengers on Spirit Flight 245 were injured, an airlines spokeswoman said.


But with the Windy City inundated by snow, O'Hare will have more troubles Sunday. About 1,000 inbound or outbound flights have already been canceled, according to FlightAware.com.

And some photos from the frozen country:

Basketball fans brave the cold and snow as they cross to the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, January 4.


People go sledding in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, January 4.


Snow is piled high in front of a Home Depot in Boston on January 4 after a two-day winter storm.

Michael Stanton walks between houses covered with ice in the shore town of Scituate, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 3. 


Frost covers the windows at the Morning Glory natural food store where a customer wearing a mask braves 0-degree Fahrenheit temperatures to shop in Brunswick, Maine, on January 3. 


Surfers make their way through snow on New York's Rockaway Beach on January 3. 


A man walks down a snowy road along the shore in Scituate, Massachusetts, on January 3. 


People play in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on January 3.

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rtalcott's picture

Parts of the Midwest and Great Plains will plunge as low as 30 degrees below zero on Sunday


At least in MN -40 (Extra credit question C or F?) is NOT uncommon.

GetZeeGold's picture



Global warming sucks......no.......you don't get to call it climate change.

kridkrid's picture

So very cold in the winter and very warm in the summer. As the teenage girls say, that's cray cray.

Stackers's picture

62 on the 3rd coast this morning. Looking for 27 tonight and 20 tomorrow ........brrr

krispkritter's picture

Who's the chick with the balls on her chin?  Is that Lewinsky?

Sunny and 65 here in Central FL.  

Hope all you Zero(temp)Hedger's are snuggled warmly by your monitors, drinks in hand!

kaiserhoff's picture

Would someone please shove an ice berg, up Al Gore's ass?

PS.  It would be really cool, if you painted the ZH logo on it;)

Oh regional Indian's picture

Kinda on-topic, kinda important I feel, please read and share....for this h1n1 thing that seems to be growing...


Stay healthy boyz....

Fukushima Sam's picture

There ain't no global warming.

There ain't no "peak oil".

There ain't no NSA illegal spying on Americans.

There ain't no impending global financial crisis.

There ain't no threat of immediate harm.

Everything's fine, folks.  Stop worrying!

old naughty's picture

Resident at Massena, NY (Cornwall, ON for Canucks) advised: 

"Nothing new here...And Global Warming is (such) an old term, it's climate change (now)"

wee-weed up's picture



How cold is it?...

It's so cold the politicians have their hands in their OWN pockets!

upWising's picture

YOU can do YOUR part to support Amercian Freedom & Liberty©!!!

• DRINK ALCOHOL ("If a little is good, a lot is better")

• WATCH AND BELIEVE YOUR TELEVISION ("If it's on the TeeVee, it's got to be TRUE!")

• TAKE YOUR MEDICATION AS DIRECTED ("If it comes from the Pharmacy, it's Good For You!")

• GENEROUSLY SUPPORT YOUR PREACHER ("Shiny suits, big rings, and fancy cars don't come cheap!")

• BUY LOTS OF STUFF ("Push hard on that closet door!  It will close!")

but above all....

HAVE FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM ("They know what's best and they KNOW exactly what they are doing!").


Amercia is Jesus' Favorite Country! ©

(Let the congregation say "AMEN!")

Headbanger's picture

Anybody else notice the fire fighters in the top photo wearing fire resistant suits are using spades to shovel snow?

Must be the only shovels they have on their rig but WTF?  Where's the JFK snow plowing crew??  Oh that's right...The Sequester !!


jbvtme's picture

just biding their time until that coffee break vests into a pension

aint no fortunate son's picture

this should be good for 80-100 SPX points to the upside

Oath_Keeper's picture

Those shovels were designed to hold exactly two point two pounds of snow in them, the maximum leveraged weight allowed by their contract.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

It'll be interesting to see how this arctic blast affects the garlic I planted in October. It may just be coincidental, but it seems like a good cold spell gives it more of a bite. I guess I'll find out in six months.

akak's picture

Ah, ah, getting ready to wok the dog?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Ah, ah, getting ready to wok the dog?

Funny as a sea elephant. US citizenist county government prohibits wokking dogs. Selling dog licensure pours revenue enhancement on county fundmentation fruitfully.

Quite a hard fact to admit for Chinese citizenism citizens who throat the idea they favor wokking freely.

Comical. Always the same pattern with Chinese citizenism citizens, the non participating entity is to be blamed for any disruption.

akak's picture

Ah, scraping the goat once again and calling it a cat in the shat.  Same old 'american' song and dancing.

US 'american' citizenism citizens prohibiting wokking of dogs only because of irrational and unhealthy prejudicing against roadside squattings following such, as natural urges demand.  Thinking that captialist roader flush stool of Thomas Crapper inventionizing is taking care of problem, not hardly.  Only sends problem down the tubes and into ocean and onto gloriously clean shores of Chinese Citizenism fabled past.

Always it is do as I say, not as I do-do.

Make me laugh.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Made me laugh many times loudly to read this kinds of big stuff.

Djeeee, US citizens have a long history in scraping the bowl of scapesgoatery. Has it fared well? Yep.

US citizenism frowns on wokking dogs while selling that frying a few scorpions and a lonesome crow in the cooking marmit is good old US citizenism of A ingenautitude. That factual observation... hard under the belt blow for most propagandists in here.

Incidentally, it leads me to  something, just connecting. Cooking marmitation unselectively their hallucinogenic toads tells how US citizen cookmongers inventionated Flying Spaghetti Monstrositarianism. Reminding their start is needed as so many love to rave about a fabled pasta.

ForTheWorld's picture

I wish the area of Australia I live in would get cold enough (it used to, but it's a few degrees Centigrade warmer in Winter now) so I could grow Garlic again.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Have you tried placing some garlic cloves in the freezer for a couple of months before planting them? You might also want to try growing some garlic varieties, such as Vietnamese, which have become acclimated to warmer environments.

Just tryin' to help.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

A few years ago, Katy ordered some heirloom garlic from one place in MN and another in upstate NY. She's had great results with both strains and the ones she gave to friends are doing great in a variety of climates on the east coast.

krispkritter's picture

Sure, and we'd still have room for the Titanic alongside. WB7! Where are you!

Winston Churchill's picture

Plunged below 75 down here in south Florida.

Might even need a sheet on the bed if fit gets any colder.

Headbanger's picture

So!!??  Our golf courses aren't nearly as crowded as down there!  

Winston Churchill's picture

We don't need green/red balls down here, both golf and  the shrunken type.

HulkHogan's picture

I was in Florida last week and I have never been soooo cold. I wish I brought my snow pants.

jbvtme's picture

WC...what's the ocean water temp in your neck of the woods?

Winston Churchill's picture

Around 73, the sharks love it.

They found a human foot inside a shoe on the beach last weekend.Fresh.

akak's picture

Obviously then that is the other foot.

Artifice's picture

Feet in shoes is the most common body part to wash up.

My guess is that the bouyancy of the rubber makes it float when the ankle joint rots away, but hell, it could also be that sharks hate Reeboks.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Who's the chick with the balls on her chin?

She looks a bit POTUS-like.

Sunny and 65 here in Central FL.

Overcast and 36F (2C) in NE Ohio, with rain and snow mix today/tonight, which will create a nice sheen of ice on everything before dropping to 13F. (Should be OK as long as the weight of the ice doesn't snap the power lines.) Tomorrow it's supposed to drop to 6F and then overnight to -14F. Tuesday's high should be around -2F (-19C).

Looking for a report from Jack Burton on conditions in theLake Superior/Frostbite Falls, MN area.

Terminus C's picture

balmy -25 C here in northern Alberta, gonna go out for a ski. Hit -35ish last night.

Normal shit...

for all you Yanks enjoying the cold... welcome to my world ;)

akak's picture

And to confirm the article above, it is very comfortable and calm and in the lower 30s as I write this on Sunday morning in Southcentral Alaska.  We have not yet gone lower than about -10 F this winter yet, and I have seen winters here in which the temperature had only broken the 0F mark on one or two occasions, and then only barely.

I grew up in the Midwest, and I can conclusively state that winters here in the southern half of Alaska are MUCH easier to take (if longer) than in the bitterly winter-windy Midwest, even if the winter temperatures, on average, are somewhat lower (much not THAT much lower).

mt paul's picture

you guys down the SE

get the maritime influence

on your weather..

up in the interior

we've seen -40 a few times this year

no real hard cold yet...

zhandax's picture

On the brighter side, if algore is home, he will wake up to 4 degrees, warming to a balmy daytime high of 8.  Mother nature will shove that iceberg up his ass and we don't have to lift a finger.  Maybe he can finally reach that 2 handle on his power bill.

malikai's picture

Maybe surfer kit has changed over the years, but those look like wetsuits.

I would not be keen on dipping in the north atlantic at this time of year in a wetsuit.

mofreedom's picture

No shit, I hate that guy more than anyone in the world.  He's cost this world trillions of dollars in nonsense fixes and turned our children into sissies that care more about a polar bear than their personal well-being.

TBT or not TBT's picture

He just tapped the end of religious guilt as the nation secularizes. Replaced it with environmental guilt and a science-y cult of Gaia.....in the service of al Gore Inc, government workers, government beneficiaries, favored businesses, etc. it's a control freak dream having an Imperative that requires big government. Huge government. New strict pervasive rules. Ergo, global warming.

mofreedom's picture

Yes, worshipping at the alter of "climate change" has supplanted worshipping at the alter of abortion.

Forcing these leftist religions on the US population sure smacks the face of separation of church and state.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Abortion is population control in the global warming faith. Fits right in to the anti-humans thing. For these people, l'enfer, c'est les autres.

phaedrus1952's picture

The Algorians are known far and wide for their zealotry.