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ATLANTA (AP) — Brutal, record-breaking cold descended on the East and South, sending the mercury plummeting Tuesday into the single digits and teens from Boston, New York and Washington to Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham — places where many people have almost no idea how to deal with freezing weather.
The morning weather map for the eastern half of the U.S. looked like an algebra worksheet — lots of small, negative numbers. In fact, the Midwest and the East were colder than much of Antarctica.
The deep freeze started in the Midwest over the weekend and spread east, blanketing about half of the country. In New York City, the high was expected to be 10; in Boston, around 18.
Birmingham, Ala., dipped to a low of 7. In Atlanta, which saw a record low of 6 degrees, fountains were frozen over, pipes burst and cars wouldn’t start.
“This is severely cold for these parts,” said Brian Lynn, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Peachtree City, Ga. “Single digits are a rare event.”
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