Florida and Alabama were literally icy cold, while parts of Maine, Michigan and New York dug a foot of snow on Wednesday, when a historically early and deadly Arctic air mass seized much of the nation.
The entire state of Alabama was warned of frost as temperatures plummeted into the 1920s and below. In Florida, the inhabitants of Pensacola awoke at up to 30 degrees.
"Widespread, significant freeze," warned the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama. "Protect exposed pipes, provide a safe and secure shelter for pets, watch out for those without heat."
Parts of Michigan dug up to 30 inches of snow. Buffalo set more than 30 cm of records. Parts of Maine and Vermont were hit with one foot of snow as the system roared into the third day. In Missouri, St. Louis sank to 11 degrees, breaking a record of more than 100 years.
In Michigan, the Sheraton Office of Eaton County announced two women, aged 81 and 64, and a 57-year-old man was killed Monday in a two-vehicle accident on snow-covered, icy roads. In Kansas, Highway Patrol said an 8-year-old girl was killed in a wreck with three vehicles.
Ohio authorities investigated two deadly wrecks on snow-covered roads, and a passenger bus crashed in Syracuse, New York, although no serious injuries were reported.
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Record-breaking lows rolled across much of the country. The single-digit temperatures dropped in much of the Midwest and were drastically colder than usual to the Atlantic coast.
Cristen Hamilton, a mother who stayed home in Lakeview, North Chicago, had no problems with the early winter weather.
"I'm a transplant from Northern California, so I think it's fantastic to have snow and clear skies and cold weather compared to fire and smoke and power outages," she said. "I am very happy with Chicago at 20 degrees.
Temperatures plummeted to the low 20s in Atlanta and Jackson, Mississippi, and similar numbers were reported across the East Coast – New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC.
Many of these cities frequently, according to the AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roy's temperatures are so low, rarely two weeks before Thanksgiving. "We'll question the records everywhere," he said.
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