Record Cold Christmas For Parts Of The West
Undated (AP) _ A half-dozen cities reported record lows again Tuesday as the cold wave continued, and heavy snow fell around the Great Lakes.
Record lows were 1 at Albuquerque, N.M.; 23 at Bakersfield, Calif.; 20 below zero at Boise, Idaho; 15 at Eugene, Ore.; 22 at Sacramento, Calif.; and 9 below at Winslow, Ariz.
It was the sixth straight day of records for Sacramento, and the seventh day in a row of record lows for Eugene.
Gallup, N.M., dipped to 25 below zero. West Yellowstone, Mont., was the cold spot in the Lower 48 states with a low of 30 below zero.
Squalls associated with a weather system crossing the Great Lakes produced heavy snow in western New York state and Upper Michigan late Monday and Tuesday morning.
Overnight snowfall totals in upstate New York ranged up to 10 inches around Boonville and Barns Corners. Up to 7 inches of new snow blanketed the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan.
Light snow and freezing rain were reported in parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Another batch of cold arctic air was pouring into the central part of the nation.
Temperatures plunged below zero during the night from the northern high Plains to Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, with readings of 15 to 20 below reported from Montana to northwestern Minnesota.
Temperatures rose little during the day and were 10 below zero or colder from northeastern Montana through North Dakota to northern Minnesota. international Falls and Bemidji, Minn., were still 18 degrees below zero at noon.
Some of the lower wind chill factors reported across the region at midday included 61 below zero at Minot, N.D.; 62 below zero at Duluth, Minn., and Jamestown, N.D.; and 68 below zero at Devils Lake, N.D.
Snow covered the ground on Christmas Day from the northern Pacific Coast through the Rockies to the upper Ohio Valley and the northern Appalachians.
The deepest snow cover outside of mountainous areas was in the north central states, with 18 inches of snow reported on the ground at International Falls.