Deep Arctic freeze keeps its grip on US Northeast Jan 03, 2018 0 41 12345 REUTERSNEW YORKA record-shattering arctic freeze kept its grip on the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, closing schools and affecting travel on the first business day of 2018, and forecasters warned the region could be walloped by snow later in the week.Boston tied a 100-year-old record on Tuesday when it marked seven consecutive days that the temperature did not top 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.7 degrees Celsius), and people whose work kept them outside struggled to find ways to keep warm."I'm here since '78 and I don't remember cold weather like this," Yiannis Galanopoulos, who sells $3 cheese pretzels from a cart in New York's Times Square, said as he warmed his hands over the glowing charcoals that keep his wares hot."But a living is a living," he said, adding that if the temperature dipped much lower, he might rethink the trip from his home in West New York, New Jersey."It's not worth it to take a chance."Officials throughout the region urged residents to alert social services if they saw people stuck outside in the cold."We want every resident to have shelter and warmth," Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Twitter. Bitter cold was blamed for at least four deaths across the United States over the New Year's holiday weekend.Frigid weather had gripped much of the country for the past few days, breaking long-standing temperature records in cities from Omaha, Nebraska, to Aberdeen, South Dakota, but the weather was forecast to warm up in the coming days.However, the higher temperatures were expected to be accompanied by heavy snow in the East Coast by as early as Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service."New York City will probably expect anywhere from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow," said weather service meteorologist Greg Gallina."The maximum swath will be from southern Rhode Island to the south of Boston and into Maine. Southeast Maine will experience anywhere from 12 to 15 inches (30-38 cm) of snow."Gallina added that cities in northern Florida will experience freezing rain and maybe some sleet. Coastal areas in Georgia and South Carolina will start to experience smaller amounts of snow, from as early as late Tuesday.In Iowa, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, school districts canceled or delayed the start of classes as bitterly cold weather, 20 degrees to 30 degrees F (11 to 17 degrees C) below normal, were expected across the eastern half of the United States.The cold was blamed for the deaths of two men in separate incidents in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A homeless man was found dead on a porch in Charleston, West Virginia, while another man was found dead outside a church in Detroit, and police said he may have frozen to death, local news outlets reported.The cold should ease across most of the country heading into the weekend, Gallina said. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Deep Arctic freeze keeps its grip on US Northeast Jan 03, 2018 0 247 Hollywood stars back #TimesUp war on harassment as donations roll in Jan 03, 2018 0 257 Transgenders can now sign up for US military Jan 03, 2018 0 226 Trump accuses former Clinton aide of failing to follow security protocols NYT WASHINGTON President Donald Trump made his first"Crooked Hillary" Twitter post less than 48 hours into the new year Tuesday, accusing a former Clinton aide of"disregarding basic security protocols," and calling .. Woman replaces US star news anchor shamed by sexual harassment charges AFP Washington The US television channel NBC said Tuesday it had appointed a female anchor to replace shamed star Matt Lauer, who was accused of sexual misconduct, on its signature morning show"Today." The broadcaster .. New Bronx fire injures 16, 9 of them children AFP New York A fire destroyed a building and injured 16 people in the Bronx on Tuesday, just days after the worst fire in New York City in 25 years killed 12 people. "Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy ..