Winter’s Grip Expands

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The official start of winter is still five days away (winter solstice at 7:04 a.m. EST on Dec. 21st), but bitter cold, ice and snow are making headlines for most of the United States this morning.  From Maine to Louisiana and from Maryland to California, 37 states across the nation have winter storm watches or warnings, winter weather advisories or freezing rain advisories in effect.  The arctic air mass centered over Minnesota has dropped temperatures to a frigid 35 below zero at Longville and 31 below at Hibbing.  Those temperatures would be impressive in mid January, but its not even winter yet!  As the arctic air oozes south, freezing rain is a possibility around Shreveport, Louisiana this morning where temperatures have dipped to near 30.  In New England, where clean up from last week’s ice storm is still underway, more freezing rain and sleet will complicate things today, but this time several inches of snow can be expected as well.

Tom Tasselmyer

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