Wintry Weather Spreads Across Nation

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The December deep freeze continued across most of the nation Tuesday.

The affects of the second day of the bitter cold wave was felt from Texas to New England.

Police in North Texas had to close several highway overpasses due to ice. Ice was also the problem for electric crews in New England as they continue their efforts to repair power lines, downed by last week's ice storm

Hazardous roads closed schools in Kentucky and Tennessee. Road crews started the work of applying salt and sand well before dawn.

"It's kind of a mess," said weather service meteorologist Tom Reaugh in Louisville.

Cold, Cold, Cold

The lowest temperature in the country was in northern Minnesota, where Hibbing bottomed out at 32 below zero. International Falls dropped to 28 below. St. Cloud, located in the center of the state, fell to 24 below, breaking its old record of 21 below set in 1963.

Winter storm warnings were also posted by the National Weather Service on Tuesday for parts of the Southwest and the Ohio Valley. Winter weather advisories are still in effect across the Midwest and from Texas to New England.

New Hampshire utilities reported roughly 117,000 homes and businesses still without power Tuesday. Central Maine Power said about 25,000 customers were still in the dark and a spokesman said it expected to have power restored Wednesday. About 77,000 customers are still waiting for service in Massachusetts, state officials said.

While the rest of the country has felt winter's chill, the Northeast has had unseasonably mild weather, with temperatures above 50 in some parts of New England and to 65 in New York City.

The biiter cold air is now moving into the Northeast.

On the other coast, even Southern California was warned of temperatures that were expect to fall into the mid-30s later in the day Wednesday.

Source: The Associated Press

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