Cold Spell Sets Record Lows

From Midwest to Florida, weather unusually frigid

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2010 2:41 PM CST

(Newser) – The cold spell sweeping across the nation has been breaking records everywhere from the Midwest to the Great Lakes to New England. “We basically have an anomalous high-pressure system that came out of Canada and brought some really cold air with it,” a National Weather Service meteorologist tells USA Today. A second, even colder air mass, will hit the eastern two-thirds of the country later this week.

The cold has been felt everywhere from the Dakotas to Florida, making an impression even in legendarily cold locales like International Falls, Minn., self-proclaimed “Icebox of the nation.” International Falls hit minus-37 Saturday and Sunday, breaking records set in 1979. Unusually high pressure is keeping warmer Western air at bay, giving the cold Canadian winds free rein.

John Miller, 55, shovels snow Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
A disabled tractor trailer Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Snowfall will range from a couple of inches in Cleveland to as much as a foot elsewhere, on top of a foot of weekend snow.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Sun Boyd cross-country skis with her dog, Spot, at the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland MetroParks Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Ana Hernando, formerly from Madrid, Spain, but now a resident of Omaha, Neb., digs her car out of snow, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A UPS worker carries a package in the snow in Omaha, Neb., Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Residents are bracing for another Canadian system that will bring even colder air later this week.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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