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Winter Ice Storms Knock Out Power While Others See Heat Wave

Image: Winter Ice Storms Knock Out Power While Others See Heat Wave Tulsa, Okla., city worker Justin Cole cleans up after an ice storm caused a tree to fall on a car, Sunday, Dec 22, 2013.

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 12:47 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Winter ice storms in the Midwest this weekend delayed travel plans and knocked out electrical power to thousands, but those along the Atlantic Coast enjoyed record-high temperatures.

Places like Washington, D.C., and New York City had temperatures warm enough for T-shirts and shorts while places like Detroit and Milwaukee were buried in frosty conditions.

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Heavy ice weighed down power lines, reported The Associated Press, as utilities warned that some who lost electricity could remain out of power past Christmas.

The contrast could not have been more pronounced than on Sunday, where New York's 70-degree temperature beat its record of 63 recorded in 1988. Washington's 72 degrees shattered a temperature mark that stood since 1889, wrote the AP.

Wilmington, Del., (67), Atlantic City, N.J., (68) and Philadelphia (67) also set record highs. In Baltimore, a low of 62 degrees shattered the warmest record by 14 degrees, set in 1923 and 1931.

In Wisconsin, though, heavy snow forced some churches to cancel Sunday services and showered fans at Green Bay's Lambeau Field during the Packers' NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Milwaukee was socked with 9 inches and Manitowoc was hit with another 7 inches. The snow and ice reached as far south as Oklahoma where the weather was blamed for three traffic deaths, according to the AP.

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that 83,000 metro Detroit electric customers and an additional 201,000 around Michigan found themselves without power after an ice storm blanketed the state.

"It's going to be a challenging week," Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop told the Detroit Free Press. "We've got crews coming in from several states today. We'll be making progress over the next couple of days, but the hardest hit areas, it’ll be the end of the week. We encourage people to find shelter, get with a family member that has heat and electricity. We’ll be working with the Red Cross and Salvation Army to make sure people have what they need."

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