All 50 US states feeling freezing temperatures

2014-11-19 12:04
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New York - Temperatures in all 50 US states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country, while heavy snow prompted a state of emergency in western New York.

In the US South, states were bracing for a record chill from the Arctic-born cold that swept the Rocky Mountains last week.

Every US state, including Hawaii, was bitten by temperatures at the freezing point of 0°C or below, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Hawaii's Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, had low temperatures of -1°C, said NWS spokesperson Susan Buchanan.

It was the coldest November morning across the country since 1976, according to Weather Bell Analytics, a meteorologist consulting firm. Typically, such cold is not seen until late December through February, the NWS said.

State of emergency

Parts of Erie County, in western New York, had 1.5m of snow, with more falling, said Steven Welch of the National Weather Service near Buffalo.

Snow had fallen at a rate of up to 13cm) an hour, and the 24-hour total could reach 178cm, threatening the US record for a populated area, Welch said..

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for 10 counties. National Guard troops were deployed to help residents cope with the storm.

A total of 0.9 to 1.2 metres of snow was expected in many areas of western New York and as much as 1.8 metres elsewhere, the NWS said.

A 225km stretch of the New York State Thruway along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario was closed. Bans on driving were implemented in some places.

A bus carrying the Niagara University women's basketball team had been stuck on the Thruway since 02:00, the school said.

In Florida, freezing temperatures were expected through Wednesday morning, the NWS said.

"I can't stand it," said Robin Roy, 53, shivering underneath a rainbow-colored poncho at an outdoor market in Gulfport, Florida. "I've never liked the cold."

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