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What the Steam Devil? 5 Crazy Things We Saw in New England's Cold Snap

Here are some of the wildest things we saw in New England during this arctic blast

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New England experienced record-breaking cold as arctic air swept into the region Friday and Saturday, dropping temperatures below zero for millions.

Here are some of the most amazing weather phenomena we saw in New England during this arctic blast.

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  1. Steam Devil

The meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Burlington photographed an impressive steam devil on Lake Champlain.

What is a steam devil? The National Weather Service describes them as similar to a waterspout, but in intensely cold weather, where rapid cooling prompts sea smoke (see below) to swirl and rise. They are usually much shorter than waterspouts and don't lead to a cloud in the sky.

2. Frozen River

The USCG posted that ice was reported in the Weymouth Fore River early Saturday morning.

3. Sea Smoke

The weather produced plenty of sea smoke in Massachusetts and beyond. You can see a gallery of images from Boston Harbor and around the Whaleback Light in New Castle, New Hampshire, here:

See Photos of Stunning Sea Smoke Caused By Extreme Cold in New England

4. Mt. Washington breaks wind chill record

By Saturday at 7 a.m., temperatures on the Mt. Washington Observatory had dipped as far down as -45 degrees, two degrees shy of the lowest ever, with a wind chill that made it feel like -109, a new wind chill record for the United States.

By Saturday at 7 a.m., temperatures had dipped as far down as -45 degrees, two degrees shy of the lowest ever, with a wind chill that made it feel like -109, a new wind chill record for the observatory.

5. Route 1 whiteout in Maine

Maine State Police reported whiteout conditions and heavy drifting from Caribou to Van Buren on Route 1, closing the roadway until further notice.

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