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.

'Movie-like' whiteout triggers pileups as freeze hits South

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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    There seems to be a thread here...
    Stay in.
    Slow down.

    January 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. D Kuiper

    You would think these people have never driven before. Use some common sense, idiots! Slow down and leave space between you and the car in front of you.

    January 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      clueless

      January 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • augustghost

      People drive like raving a holes 24/7 365 days a year...why should snow change this moronic behavior?

      January 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @JIF©:
    Again, what you do when you're snowbound is your business.. 😉

    January 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gahh

    You're talking about Kentucky. Any state that keeps sending Mitch McConnell to Washington, isn't playing with a full deck anyway. McConnell is wanting the pipeline from Canada, layed across the US without any reports as to what kind of pollution it will create, dirtying the air and ruining our water supply means nothing to him. He's being paid by the gas and oil companies to push this pipeline through Congress, and that's what he's going to do, of course for a price.

    January 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonic10158

      I love how idiots generalize. Did McConnel win his election with a 100% vote?

      January 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Full Deck

      I live in Kentucky and I always deal with a full deck! 🙂 Every time Mitch is up for re-election, I make sure I am at the polls to vote for the opposing candidate. Frankly, it is very frustrating that he manages win time and time again. He is so detached from what our state needs and seems only to be concerned with himself. He doesn't care about the environment. That is very obvious with Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in our state. Probably paid by the mining companies too!

      January 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cpc65

    On New Years Day they said the temps would be about 49 degrees here in RI. I went for a hike with family and after just a mile even my nephews from SC were down to their t-shirts. It felt more like 60 outside by noontime. Now it's back down to the 20's today and tomorrow. :(-

    January 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bamavol

    Slow down people!

    January 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    And of course, the weather is controlled in KY by Mitch McConnell, right?

    January 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. clearmind

    @banasy that is funny! didnt you know some people believe government controls everything! al gore said we created this mess called climate change, so now the government has to control the weather, we obviously messed it up.

    January 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Hey, clearmind!
    How are you, sir?

    It just cracks me up that some people believe that our politi tians have a weather machine somewhere and are just cackling evilly saying, "I am the Boss of Weather! Bwa ha ha ha ha!"

    Give me a break...

    January 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. m

    WOW!

    January 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    I live near where this happened and I can tell you speed had nothing to do with it. A semi jack knifed across the whole side of the interstate....people had no where to go...when they did hit the break they just slid across the slick road...do some research before bashing everyone...

    January 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      You must be kidding Dan, most of the idiots commenting on this site think they are doing research, lol.

      January 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Unbreakable

    Speed nor winter driving skills had anything to with this "smash up". That particular section of road has always been treacherous in wet, snowy or icy conditions. My family has traveled it for over 45 years going back and forth between Lexington and Cincinnati .At least 10 of those years it was every weekend.
    We were actually we involved in something very similar @ 43 yrs. ago. We came to a complete stop because of road conditions and a couple of fender benders. My father got out of the car to see if he could be of assistnce when a car was passing us in the other lane . The other car began sliding sideways toward our car full of kids and on the shoulder above an embankment. My father and another man actually stopped the sliding car with their legs extended out as the leaned against our car.

    January 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. calvin

    I'm from Kentucky, and I have to say to CNN: Do you call this current news ? This all happened YESTERDAY MORNING, AFTER all the OTHER media had covered it. It's PAST, GONE. Yes, it was a bad thing to happen, but it's DONE AND OVER by all the other media channels. This is just like reporting that Verizon was going to charge $2 for online payments the day after they reversed it. Come on CNN, GET CURRENT !!!!

    January 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lisbeth

    Oh, mike, hahahahahaha! You're so funny! Research this: the meaning of GFY.

    January 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shirley 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 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
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