The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson, Associated Press
For days, temperatures have plunged across a large portion of the United States, accompanied by a storm system that's brought sleet, snow, ice or a combination of all three. The weather has been a factor in several deaths and has caused treacherous travel conditions and the cancellation of thousands of flights.
Temperatures in Arkansas were forecast to remain in the upper 20s or mid 30s Monday, with a slight chance of light snow or sleet in the evening hours, but no National Weather Service watches or warnings were in effect.
Road conditions in the state had improved since Friday's wintry storm although some roads remained icy in Little Rock and in northern parts of the state. Many schools remained closed.
Citrus farmers in California's Central Valley dodged the brunt of the seemingly never-ending winter storm. They used wind machines over the weekend to prevent crop freezes when temperatures dropped into the upper 20s.
Slippery roads led to a crash involving about 20 vehicles in southwestern Connecticut Sunday night, closing part of Interstate 95 for about two hours. State police said early Monday that six people were injured, none of them seriously.
The National Weather Service said snow changing to sleet and freezing rain was expected through Monday morning, with up to an inch of snow and ice possible in southern Connecticut and yet more expected further north into New England.
Football fans will need to bundle up when the Chicago Bears host the Dallas Cowboys Monday night. The mercury is expected to drop throughout the day and forecasters said wind chills will fall below zero when the teams face off. The National Weather Service said the wind chill in some parts of northern Illinois could sink to 15 below zero Monday night.
About three inches of snow fell at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday and flurries continued Monday.
Freezing rain across much of central and northern Indiana overnight coated roads with ice and contributed to many crashes. State police say a woman died when her SUV spun out and was struck by a car and a semi Sunday evening on a snow-slick Interstate 65 near Roselawn in northwestern Indiana. Dozens of schools were closed or were opening later than usual.
The freezing rain ended early Monday but officials warned that slick conditions could continue.
Utilities said more than 19,000 customers were without power early Monday in Maryland due to the wintry storm. Baltimore officials cancelled the mayor's annual Christmas parade Sunday because of snow and dangerous road conditions.
Massachusetts commuters faced a light covering of snow Monday morning. Much of the state experienced at least a dusting of snow, but that was expected to turn over to rain as the day progressed, with temperatures at about 40 degrees.
Light snow fell over much of New Hampshire making for slick roads and some school delays Monday morning. A couple of fender-benders were reported in the Lebanon and Manchester areas. Several flights scheduled to take off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport were delayed.
The National Weather Service says the light snow is going to mix with sleet or freezing rain as warmer air moves in across southern sections of Maine and New Hampshire. Total snow amounts through the afternoon are expected to be in the range of one to 3 inches.
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