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Massachusetts prepares for Arctic cold blast

February 13, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say they’ll be monitoring dangerous cold and wind chills over the President’s Day weekend.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people to wear proper clothing outside to prevent the Arctic air from causing frostbite and hypothermia. The agency is also warning of carbon monoxide dangers from alternative heating sources and cautioning against using blow torches to thaw frozen pipes.

Keolis, the company that operates the MBTA’s commuter rail system, says it might leave some locomotives running overnight to minimize cold weather equipment problems.

The National Weather Service is forecasting below zero temperatures throughout the region Saturday night, with wind chills that could make it feel 35 below in some places. Winds could gust up to 45 mph inland and 50 mph on Cape Cod.

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