Cold Snap Sets New Daily Record For Natural Gas Usage

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — If you think your furnace has been running a lot this January, you’re absolutely right. CenterPoint Energy said the first major cold snap in early January set a new daily record for natural gas consumption.

And this week will likely bring more of the same.

Sadly, even the ice carvers here are weary of this kind of extreme cold. They’d like it just a bit warmer and for anyone paying a heating bill this winter, we’re just not catching a break.

Bundled faces and vapor belching from chimneys capture the depth of our latest cold snap.

“It’s kinda bone-chilling, almost takes your breath away when you first get outside,” said one brave man outside Thursday.

Breathtaking and unbearable — at these temperatures, it’s downright dangerous. Hennepin County Medical Center has already admitted more than 80 patients suffering severe frostbite. And many of them required amputations.

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