January 3

At least 15 deaths linked to storm

The fluffy snow proves easy to move, but frigid temperatures bring warnings for those heading outdoors.

By Rodrique Ngowi And Michelle R. Smith
The Associated Press

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With the temperature hovering around zero degrees, John Faulkner checks on the frosty windows of his eclectic home furnishing store, Nest, on Friday in Brunswick. “We haven’t seen frost like this before,” said Faulkner. “It’s like living in a refrigerator.”

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Pedestrians pass along a walkway under falling snow on the Brooklyn Bridge, Friday in New York.

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He secured a cot, a pillow and a blanket after seeing about 150 passengers sleeping on cots at the terminal.

"It looked like an infirmary from WWI," he said.

Severe cold also gripped the Midwest on Friday. In Wisconsin, the mercury dipped to minus-18 in Green Bay, breaking by 1 degree the record set in 1979. Fort Wayne, Ind., saw a record low minus-10. And the mercury sank to 2 below zero at the Detroit airport.

Temperatures in the Midwest and the Northeast are expected to rise briefly over the weekend before the arrival of another blast of extraordinarily cold air.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ordered school canceled on Monday statewide, the first such closing in 17 years, because of projected highs in the minus teens and lows as cold as 30 below.

The cold air could refreeze roads that are wet or slushy from the weekend thaw, making travel dangerous.

The heavy weather posed the first big test for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was sworn in a day before the heavy snow arrived. De Blasio dispatched hundreds of plows and salt spreaders.

"I feel great about the response," De Blasio said Friday after shoveling the sidewalk at his Brooklyn home. "We are vigilant. We are not out of this yet. As a great man said, 'It's not over until it's over.'"

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A worker clears snow from a stairway at the Astoria Blvd. subway station Friday in the Queens borough of New York. New York City public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell by morning.

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