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, ChicagoShovels.com, 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. banasy©

    We haven't *had* any snow in Chicago,(knock wood), but it's good that they're being proactive.

    A "snow event". LMAO!
    Best spin I've heard in a while...
    Knowing the city, they'll try to slap a tax on that "event"...

    January 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      So far we've had just a dusting-ONCE! (fingers crossed). There's hardly any snow on the ground, how can they have accidents? They should come north and drive in REAL snow!!!

      January 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Smith

    It's always funny to see cars crashing together. Stupid drivers!! Hahahaha!

    January 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • klaushoffman

      it right ; because they doesn't know how to drive...let they enjoy moment for what they get it

      January 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd Caveman

      Well, 1 stupid driver and 29 poor b@stards who suffering for it.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      It's not funny when people are hurt. Vehicles can be replaced, humans can't. Even in Massachusetts, some people drive in the winter like they do in the summer....you can't do that.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      @Floyd, 1 stupid driver didn't hit 29 other cars.

      Can't have more than 1 car per lane in a crash and have it be caused by anything other than stupid drivers as more than 1 car per lane means at least one of the cars was behind another car in the crash and was following too closely to safely stop.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cdn Jim

    I've done a little research, not tons, mind you but I did read a book once, and it seems to me that winter has been happening in this part of the world for something like, a HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS. So it seems to me that anyone who hasn't figured out the weather patterns here really doesn't deserve a driver's licence, or a kindergarten diploma.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Ah ha, but driving has only been around for ~100 years. These guys couldn't have possibly predicted that it would be more difficult to break in the snow!

      January 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gretchen Kaiser

    Regarding John Smith's post above, it really is funny isn't it! Would it be so funny if you or one of your loved ones were in it? People were injured and taken to the hospital. I really don't see anything funny about this at all!!! Have you ever driven in bad winter driving conditions? I sure wouldn't want to be on the road if you were one of the drivers on it! In the future please think before you waste your time posting a "STUPID" COMMENTS-HAHAHAHA!!!!!~

    January 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Circle R

    It's always funny to see John Smith cast a line and wait for the suckers to bite. Stupid Trolls!! Hahahaha!

    January 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Not banasy© @ 4:01.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PJ

    Gretchen is so very, very, very bitter. So VERY bitter. We should be so very, very, very sad for stupid people who tailgate and drive without any regard for ANYone else like Gretchen or her loved ones. Perhaps you are bitter because you drive so bad. Bad bitter bad. So very, very, very not funny. bitter. Yah.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      You're correct about accidents occurring due to people tailgating. I always wondered how people get into accidents on a straight flat road like a major interstate. Usually it's improper lane changes caused by people who think everyone else is driving slow causing sudden braking which then causes a tailgater or two to rear end someone following the speed limit causing a pile up. If you look at the photo you can see the road doesn't look like it's covered with snow hence people driving without extra precautions.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      You're supposed to have one car's length behind the car in front of you...and that's in good weather. When I was learning to drive, my dad taught me that you should always drive slow enough that you can come to a dead stop on a dime if you have to. Obviously you can't do that on the highway, but on the back roads (aka the "scenic route") you should.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      @lroy: 1 car length in good conditions...

      1 CAR LENGTH?! Your dad is an idiot, sorry.

      At a mere 25mph, that is 37 feet per second. With an average car length of 10', that gives you about 0.25 seconds to:

      1. realize the person in front of you is stopping
      2. Move your foot from the gas to the break
      3. Push the pedal
      4. Stop

      Look up the two second rule... please.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark L.

    Currently, it's 22°F here in Hagerstown, MD with a wind chill of 8°F and I'm loving it. Too many people are complaining about the cold wind chills outside, but I say, it could be worse. Right now, in Barrow, AK it's -18°F below with a wind chill of -39°F below...LOL...I just keep telling these chronic complainers it could be a lot worse if they were in Barrow, AK right now. Besides, if you can't withstand the cold, move to Florida...LOL...

    January 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      I also live around the beltway and our winters aren't that bad at all compared to people who live up along the Canadian border. But, you know how people drive around the capital beltway. I never understood how people get accidents on I-95 and I-66, it's straight and flat. When the weather is bad, stay home if you can and if you can't pull aside until the weather gets better..that's a given rule of thumb.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dk

    The first few sentences of this article sounds like it was written by a sports commentator.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I didn't need to be told that the 4:01 post was not from banasy's pen.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zenichimaro

    This just in: Winter gets cold!

    Breaking news! In summer, it gets HOT!

    Come on, CNN...weather is not a news story; it's a phenomenon that is somewhat predictable and tends to follow known patterns.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jason83

    people don't have any common sense when it comes to driving on snowy roads and highways. Everybody has to be in such a hurry now a days or fooling around with their stupid cell phones and this picture proves the end result.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      The only person I really feel bad for are the truck drivers. Almost all truck drivers i've ever seen drive safely, it's there job. I know there are some aggressive truck drivers as well, but how many times do they cause an accident compared to those drivers who swerve to pass you by.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      You don't know if they were on cell phones, so don't make that conclusion. It's bad enough people DO (illegally) in good weather in the dead of summer, for Pete's sake!

      January 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andreas Moser

    Most beautiful winter weather: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/snow-for-christmas/

    January 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dacshund2

    It seems like the most snow accidents happen to big 4-wheel drive trucks and SUVs who go way to fast, thinking that they are unaffected by icy roads.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mister Ducky™

    I'm flying South.
    Screw it.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Then have a safe trip to Perth.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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