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PyeongChang games could be record cold- but why?

February 06, 2018 11:10 PM

This year's  Olympics may set a new record for being the coldest since 1994!  

This is all thanks to the Siberian high pushing in out of Russia and dominating the Korean Peninsula, and city that is located in a mountainous area several thousand feet above sea level.  

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On average during this time period, lows are in the teens and sea effect snow does fall, providing at least a half of foot of snowfall from February 9th through the 15th. 

Specifically, at the start of the opening ceremony temperatures will be right at the freezing point, with a wind chill in to the teens. It will be held in an open air stadium too meaning the 35,000 spectators will be out in the cold.

Event organizers are taking steps to combat this cold including providing heat packs and sea cushions. 

The good news is that most athletes say it feels like it should at the Winter Olympics, especially considering the Sochi Olympics where at times it rose in to the 60s. 

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