From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — The bone-chilling, teeth-chattering, knee-knocking deep freeze of the last few days is not expected to go away any time soon.
The National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning for the Potomac Highlands early Thursday afternoon, predicting wind chill readings to minus 20 degrees up until 9 a.m. Friday.
Single-digit air temperatures coupled with winds gusting up to 20 mph were forecasted into the weekend — along with the possibility of a few inches of snow throughout the region Saturday and again on Monday, according to AccuWeather.
The weeklong cold snap continued Thursday without let-up, although no weather-related emergencies were reported by area 911 centers.
However, emergency dispatchers remained busy throughout the day alerting first responders to numerous ambulance calls, minor vehicle accidents and at least one commercial fire alarm that occurred Thursday morning in the Short Gap area of Mineral County. No fire was found by various volunteer units that responded to the alert.
The Cumberland Fire Department ambulances responded to numerous medical emergencies throughout the city Thursday.
Shortly after 3 p.m., various volunteer fire companies were dispatched to an Eastman Road residence for a report of a house full of smoke due to a possible malfunction of a furnace, according to the Allegany County 911 center.