Baby, it's cold outside at last
Kentucky had two multivehicle accidents Monday, including a 30-vehicle pileup that shut down southbound I-75 in Grant County.
January 3rd, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Baby, it's cold outside at last

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Admit it. You were wondering when to pull out the winter coat. The wait is over. A bone-chilling arctic freeze swept through much of the South and Northeast on Tuesday.

It was the first sign of a winter that had played coy up until then. Weather conditions around the nation emphasized that a new year had indeed begun. Gone were the balmy afternoons and Windbreaker jackets that we needed up until recently. It was the first day back to work for many across the United States - and baby, it’s cold outside at last.

In Kentucky, a snowstorm was blamed for two pileups involving dozens of cars, CNN affiliate WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported. One involved 41 vehicles, and left eight people injured, six of whom were hospitalized, the report said.

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The second pileup involved three separate crashes and more than 30 vehicles, WLWT reported.

Along the East Coast, wintry weather was expected to continue into the next day, according to the National Weather Service.

“Cold and blustery conditions are to be expected over much of the Northeastern states with much of the I-95 corridor seeing temperatures in the 20s on Tuesday, while lows plunge well into the teens over this region,” the agency said.

In Tampa, Florida, strawberry farmers hurriedly prepared for the weather’s cold - and cost. Carl Grooms, strawberry grower in Hillsborough County, told Tampa affiliate WFLA-TV a hard freeze had the potential to cripple his crop. “Obviously we got red berries to pick," he said. "We’re going to try to harvest every one of them that we can today and get them to market.”

Grooms told WFLA that he would be especially watchful as temperatures were expected to plunge Tuesday night. “If we go below 32 degrees in the morning and the wind is blowing 15 to 20 mph, that’s a touch-and-go situation of whether you turn your sprinklers on or not,” he told the station.

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In Boston, snowfall was far behind where it was last year when several winter storms had already walloped the New England area by New Year's. "These types of slow winters to start are not unusual; it’s just unusual it’s lasting this long,’’ Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, told The Boston Globe. “There is some hint that it might be changing, but not until the end of the month.’’

The Lower 48 wasn't all locked in the grip of Old Man Winter though; much of the nation, west of Texas, experienced mild temperatures Tuesday.

But in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, the white stuff was beginning to fall.  In Baltimore, snow was starting to stick to the streets. Fox 8 tweeted a photo of a residential road covered in snow.

In Chicago, city officials unveiled a portal,, that features a sign-in to help with snow removal, a real-time snow tracker (it “will be activated during a major snow events”) to help residents see where  precipitation is accumulating and various apps for the weather techies out there.

Despite the inconvenience and the accompanying shivers, some people actually enjoy this type of weather. Are you a fan of winter?

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  1. Latwanda

    the left pettal is the break.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      on a flower?

      January 4, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Yacker

    The left pedal is the brake.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      im a flounder?

      January 4, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shirly Lou

    Y'all need to slow yo sefs down on dem dare hills. it be icy and slippery like a greased pig in a mud diving hole.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Y'all go tell em, Shirly Lou!!! Dam! Some folks jes' keep on roarin down da road like dey was in a demolishun derby.

      Yo! Latwanda and Yacker: Da leff pettal is da clutch if yer in a stik shiff pickup; da MIDDEL pettal be da brake...what youse dun' NO WAY wanna hit when ya start slidin cus y'all'll end up in the ditch! Dam carpetbaggurs don't know s#§t bout drivin on dirt roads! Gotta jes slow yo sefs down all long da way!

      January 4, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Dang!

      My momma name me Shirleeloutoo!

      January 4, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. wise

    This is why u dont drive in snow but ski. Idiots

    January 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dang!

      i hafta agree drivin' snow is dah reason mah name is mispelt. ole doc couldn't gitup t'dah cabin cuz of dah bad weathar. po' paw said iffen it werent for that owl whootin' all nite lone he woodah really did mah name sum soory justeese!

      January 4, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dang!

    welp, yep! i'm named after my momma, Shirleelouone

    January 4, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dang!

    im tellin' ooh paw-aw! kissin' cuzin' monkylovin' aryanus is watchin' monkys and drinkin' moonshine all day!

    January 4, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    This happened Sunday. A day late CNN.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. vmprophet

    51 in bismarck ND on Tuesday, ya global warming might be destroying the planet but ill be damned if im going to complain about being warm in january.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. T. Storm

    It figures, my statesmen freak out every time a snowflake falls & forget how to drive.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dieyoung

    Seriously, you racists on here are just annoying as hell! What the heck does this have to do with anything other than the weather anyways? You backwards clowns need to go back to licking your moms and get off the computer.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    So called samx not funny that why your dieing od aids. It makes you write things that are a sad and pittiful attempt at humor. Thats sad. Well enjoy your few remaing months of living so called @ sambo x.

    January 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    correction: "thats why your dieing of aids samdo x".

    January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    news flash:the burned and hung body of a blogger named " aryan "was found according to police. Celebration of the event will start at 2pm".

    January 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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