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Baby, it's cold outside, and then some

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

Wicked, wicked, wicked.

At least this time around, it wasn’t subzero temperatures and a foot of snow, the calamity that befell us in the first week of January. But the Summit City awoke Tuesday morning to a temperature of 16 below, which tied the record low set in 1963. Wind chills bottomed out at minus 31 around 6 a.m. The high reached only 3 degrees.

All four school districts in Allen County were closed Monday and Tuesday. There was no trash pickup Tuesday. Meetings all across the area were canceled; offices closed; smart people stayed inside unless they had absolutely had to be somewhere. So it goes during the winter that will never end.

Elsewhere in Indiana, it was better, but only a little.

Central and southern Indiana saw morning lows in the single digits above zero.

People here began to feel a little better on Wednesday afternoon, as temperatures crawled back up into the single digits on the positive size of zero.

And they started feeling a lot better when they turned on their television sets Wednesday and saw the havoc winter was wreaking even in the Deep South. Cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham, which have neither the infrastructure nor experience to deal with winter, were virtually shut down by the kind of snow, ice and cold only the more northern parts of the country usually suffer. Schoolchildren and workers had to stay in place overnight. And they were the lucky ones – those who tried to get home were trapped in their cars in frozen gridlock.

Cheer up and enjoy a couple of days of rest. Another major snowfall is expected next week.