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Icy Air Chills Plains, Mid Atlantic States

December 31, 1994

Undated (AP) _ Icy air spilling across the Plains and into the mid-Atlantic states brought freezing rain and drizzle to North Carolina and Virginia and dumped snow Saturday across much of the Plains.

An Arctic front extended from Ontario, Canada, across the Great Lakes into Indiana, Kentucky , Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. A stationary front ran from the Gulf of Mexico across central Florida into the Atlantic.

Ice building up on trees, power lines, and other surfaces in southern states made travel hazardous.

In Nebraska, Mullen and Oshkosh each got 8 inches of snow, while 7 inches fell in Imperial and Thedford. Hugoton, Kan., got 5 inches. Wind chills early Saturday ranged from the single digits to a few degrees below zero.

″It’s nasty slick,″ said Gerald Garton, owner of Alliance Towing in western Nebraska.

In the West, gusty winds blew along the western slope of the Washington Cascades and through the Columbia River Gorge. Winds topped 60 mph around Kent, Wash. Friday night, felling trees and power lines.

Rain developed along the Texas coast and thunderstorms dropped chunks of hail between Woodsboro and Refugio, and even bigger hail just north of Refugio.

More than an inch of rain had fallen at Palacios, Texas, since midnight.

The hot spot in the lower 48 states was 81 degrees at Key West, Fla., while the low was minus 26 at Old Faithful, Wyo.

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