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Start of winter brings snow, ice and warm weather

Wisconsin Weather

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The first full day of winter brought a wild mix of weather across the U.S. on Sunday: ice and high wind in the Great Lakes and New England areas, flooding in the South, snow in the Midwest and record-shattering temperatures in the 60s and 70s along the mid-Atlantic.

Snow and ice knocked out power to 400,000 homes and businesses in Michigan, upstate New York and northern New England, and also left more than 400,000 people without electricity in eastern Canada. It could be days before the lights are back on everywhere.

As of midafternoon, more than 500 airline flights had been canceled and about 3,800 delayed, according to aviation tracking website FlightAware.com.

The icy weather was expected to make roads hazardous through at least Monday from the upper Midwest to northern New England during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

High-temperature records for the date fell for the second straight day in the mid-Atlantic states because of a mass of hot, muggy air from the South.

In New York's Central Park, the mercury reached 70 degrees, easily eclipsing the previous high of 63 from 1998. Records were also set in Wilmington, Del., (67), Atlantic City, N.J., (68), and Philadelphia (67). Washington tied its 1889 mark at 72.

Temperatures were expected to return to normal by Monday night and Tuesday, dropping back into the 30s.

The scene was much more seasonal Sunday in Vermont, where Lynne White of West Charleston listened to the cracking of falling tree branches and gazed at the coating of ice on her home.

"It's actually really pretty," she said. "Not safe, I'm sure, but it's pretty."

Heavy snow in Wisconsin forced dozens of churches to cancel Sunday services. Milwaukee got about 9 inches, Manitowoc 7. Ice and snow in Oklahoma were blamed for three traffic deaths on slick roads.

In New York's St. Lawrence County, almost 2 inches of ice had accumulated by early Sunday, coating tree limbs and power lines, and a state of emergency was declared to keep the roads clear of motorists.

"It's a big party weekend ... before Christmas," county dispatch operations supervisor Jim Chestnut said. "This put a little bit of a damper onto that."

Despite a glaze of freezing rain in Maine, plenty of shoppers ventured to the outlet malls in Kittery, Maine, on the last weekend before Christmas.

In Canada, crews struggled to restore service to those without power in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford called the storm one of the worst in the city's history. Passengers were stranded at airports from Toronto to St. John's, Newfoundland.

In Kentucky, three bodies were pulled from Rolling Fork River on Sunday after their vehicle was swept away by floodwaters, and a fourth person drowned in Carroll County after a four-wheeler overturned in high water.

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David..BRAAPP December 23 2013 at 7:55 AM

Wow record low temps world wide and the Northern Arctic ice cap is almost 50% larger then last years growth.

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jborsi December 23 2013 at 7:04 AM

So you can stop giving money to Al-Jazera-Gore then?

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Cp33reteP December 22 2013 at 10:30 PM

I was in Maryland last week for my grandson's graduation and froze my butt off. All of my northern friends and relatives have gotten the message that I am never coming North in winter ever again no matter what..................They can all come to Florida as often as they want..........

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tluns810 Cp33reteP December 22 2013 at 10:37 PM

I hear you, I came up to St.Louis Mo. for the holidays and they are forecasting 6 degrees F Monday night. I can hear my pelicans & manatees calling me home to Bradenton.

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classof68gto Cp33reteP December 22 2013 at 11:48 PM

I have lived in Fl., as a kid and again 2001 thru 2011 and it really sucks now. I moved out west where I spent most of my working years and Nevada has more sunshine that Fl. ever had.

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ranger197172 classof68gto December 23 2013 at 6:13 AM

I loved living in Vegas but you do have some cold weather in February.

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horsehallow December 23 2013 at 1:05 AM

thats why i left milwaukee 34 yrs ago. too freakin cold and snowy.... although it isnt too warm here in ellensburg. but at least we dont have snow.

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hamcallk5co December 23 2013 at 12:44 AM

And in the antarctic, there have been two record cold days recorded since we put the first instruments there fifty five years ago. Plus, the average has been much colder. But Obama says that you can keep your global warming if you like it, because he will keep trying to tax it and ruin businesses with it.

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bluedodge47 hamcallk5co December 23 2013 at 12:51 AM

funny, you republicans are all worried about leaving "our debt" to our children but could care less about the planet you leave them...google Glacier National Park, half gone in only45 years

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ranger197172 bluedodge47 December 23 2013 at 6:12 AM

And the dems want to destroy everything.

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konapaddler bluedodge47 December 23 2013 at 7:18 AM

While your at it google "antarctic ice sheet at largest growth in 35 years" ...Then think about if Antarctica or glacier national park holds more sway globally over weather...

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mustardseeds4 December 22 2013 at 10:56 PM

Get Grips And Wake Up & Really Understand How This Earth Really Works !!!!!!!!!!
Get Off Your Green High Horse.................................

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kent_hern mustardseeds4 December 23 2013 at 12:14 AM

Elucidate us professor, the world is waiting...

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bluedodge47 mustardseeds4 December 23 2013 at 12:54 AM

there's no switch to just "flip" when you find something should have been done....but NOOOOOOOO don't err on the side of caution...

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drpaul64 December 22 2013 at 9:31 PM

wow come on down

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mkraven77 December 23 2013 at 6:50 AM

It rained in Buffalo no wind no snow we partied on !

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Alexander December 23 2013 at 5:52 AM

Have Your Say...yes I do miss snow, having moved to the south and have to return someday

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ranger197172 Alexander December 23 2013 at 6:10 AM

I grew up in the midwest, spent considerable time in the northern states with the military. I moved to get away from cold, don't miss it and never want to be where it is cold again.

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Mik's $ Toy December 23 2013 at 12:47 AM

you can't fool Mother Nature - and a lot of ppl don't take precautions or drive safely - they don't listen when told to stay at home due to dangerous weather and driving conditions

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