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'Big freeze' sweeps U.S.
December 24, 2016
It may never rain in Southern California, but it sure did get unseasonably cold there recently when temperatures dropped into the teens in some areas, causing officials to issue hard freeze warnings, according to KTLA.
While those in Southern California continue to brave the cold, they can take comfort in the fact that they aren’t alone as the low temperatures there aren’t an anomaly. Cold weather seems to have the United States in its grip from coast to coast.
Recently, the Midwest was pummeled with freezing rain and snow. According to News 4 Jacksonville, North Dakota's temperatures reached minus 31 in Bismarck, and football fans in Chicago braved 11 degree temperatures to watch one of the coldest NFL games ever.
The cold weather also disrupted transportation across the country. Flights from Denver to Maine were canceled or delayed due to winter weather. Officials in states across the country urged drivers to exercise caution and reduce their speed when driving, according to CBS News.
Despite the officials’ warnings, winter weather played a major role in a host of traffic accidents.
In Colorado, about 12 inches of snow fell, causing traffic chaos that even Colorado natives weren’t prepared to handle, according to CBS News.
In the Midwest, many deaths were due to unsafe road conditions directly related to the snow on the roads. In Indiana, state troopers responded to more than 380 property damage crashes, 60 of which involved people with injuries, according to CBS News.
Icy roads in Nebraska led to one man’s death when his car slid off the road and collided with a tree. Similarly, in Missouri, the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control and struck a Jeep, causing the death of a 13-year-old.
Further east, in North Carolina, at least 100 crashes were due to freezing rain that caused ice patches on the roads. In Maryland, 67 vehicles and a tanker carrying a load of gasoline were in a collision. The tanker veered off the highway near Baltimore and burst into flames, CBS News reported.
Though cold weather around the country has been problematic, there is hope on the horizon. The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures around the country will warm up before December is out, according to News 4 Jacksonville.