MBTA to monitor trains as extreme cold hits MA

Posted: 01/23/13 at 5:35 am EST      Last Updated: 01/23/13 at 8:30 am EST

DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A wind chill brought temperatures for Wednesday morning below zero and weren’t expected to go above 20 degrees in most of New England. The National Weather Service said it's not expected to get above 17 degrees in Boston, with the wind chill making it feel five below.

With temperatures like that, commuters wonder what’s in store for anybody that has to take the train to work. Days this cold are considered severe weather, which can affect the commute.

In 2011 when temperatures fell to these lows the MBTA had problems and commuters were feeling it. Dozens of trains were down creating delays for commuters waiting in the cold.

The temperatures that day dropped to -2 and 63 percent of commuters experienced delays.

A wind chill advisory was in effect Wednesday until 10 a.m. and anyone going outside was advised to bundle up before heading to work or school.

Temperatures were even colder in central and western reaches of the state, with the temperature in the mid-teens in Worcester, with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour making it feel even colder.

Wind chills in the Berkshires could make it feel 22 below zero.

The good news is it's sunny and there's no significant snowfall expected in the next couple of days.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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