Bitter Cold Nights Follow Russian Meteorite Crash

By , Senior Meteorologist
February 16, 2013; 12:53 PM ET
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Amid the damage caused by Friday's meteorite, residents around Chelyabinsk, Russia, are scrambling to find shelter from the impending bitter cold nights.

Temperatures in Chelyabinsk are expected to plummet to 1 below zero F (18 below zero C) Saturday night. In fact the region may not see temperatures above the freezing mark anytime over the next couple of weeks.

During the daylight hours, temperatures will recover to a high of 27 degrees F (3 below zero C) on Saturday. Further warming will send temperatures approaching 35 degrees F (2 degrees C) on Sunday.

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Cleanup efforts will benefit from the dry weather that will prevail through the weekend, but residents must now take extra steps to protect themselves from the bitter cold.

Many glass windows shattered in the Chelyabinsk region as the crashing meteorite caused an intense explosion that shook the ground, much like an earthquake, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Matt Alto reported.

In less than six hours, according to RT.com, residents bought out plastic wrap to block out the cold.

RIA Novosti (Russian International News Agency) also reported that the sales of building materials and plastic windows have increased dramatically in some stores throughout Chelyabinsk.

Graphic by Al Blasko, AccuWeather.com. The thumbnail image for this story is a still shot of the crashing meteorite that was captured from this YouTube video.

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