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Ice Storm From Texas To Tennessee

February 5, 1989 GMT

Undated (AP) _ Heavy snow fell Sunday over the southern Rockies, more low temperature records were broken and freezing rain and sleet iced roads over parts of the South.

A low pressure system over northwestern New Mexico produced heavy snow over parts of New Mexico and southern Colorado during the night. Two feet of snow fell at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with 12 inches at Angel Fire, N.M.

Snow made driving difficult from sections of New England across the mid Atlantic states, and the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valley to the central Plains.

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Most of the snowfall was 1 to 3 inches, but 3 to 6 inches fell along the southern shore of Lake Erie in Ohio, and in parts of northeastern Illinois including the Chicago area.

Freezing rain and sleet and a continuation of freezing temperatures made driving difficult or impossible across a large area of southern and eastern Texas, the lower Mississippi Valley to sections of the Tennessee Valley.

Many major roads in south-central and southeastern Texas were closed and in Austin only the most heavily traveled and sanded roadways were passable, the National Weather Service reported. Bridges and roadways became ice covered in southern Arkansas and western and northern sections of Mississippi.

Ice also closed some major roads in parts of northern and west-central Louisiana. In northeastern Louisiana, morning thunderstorms left heavy ice on trees and utility lines.

Patches of freezing drizzle and freezing rain fell over parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

Showers occurred over parts of the Southeast from the central Gulf states to the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.

Temperatures in the 80s continued over southern Georgia and Florida, the remnants of the record warm weather that moved across a large section of the nation last week.

More than two dozen cities reported record lows Sunday:

Abilene, Texas, 9; Alameda Naval Air Station, Calif., 34; Astoria, Ore., 9; Billings, Mont., minus 19; Boise, Idaho, minus 15; Calico Rock, Ark., 8, tie; Denver, minus 24; Ely, Nev., minus 27; Eugene, Ore., 4; Hot Springs, Ark., 11; Houston, 27; Klamath Falls, Ore., minus 10; Lewiston, Idaho, minus 5; Midland, Texas, 10; Oakland, Calif., 31; Oklahoma City, 3; Pendleton, Ore., downtown, minus 15; Portland, Ore., 9; Reno, Nev., minus 5; Sacramento, Calif., downtown, 24; Salt Lake City, minus 6; San Angelo, Texas, 14; San Francisco, airport, 31; Seattle, airport, 14; Walla Walla, Wash., minus 13; Wichita Falls, Texas, 7.

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It was Denver’s coldest day since Jan. 12, 1963, and Ely’s low was within one degree of the town’s all-time low. Some places in Oregon and Washington were more than 10 degrees off their former records.

Some parts of Alaska still had temperatures in the 15 to 30 below zero range, but Point Barrow, on the Arctic coast, warmed to 24 degrees. Nome, which hit an all-time high of 54 below zero last month, warmed to 30 degrees.

Temperatures around the nation at 2 p.m. EST ranged from 18 degrees below zero at Craig, Colo., to 86 at Fort Myers, Fla. Sunday morning’s low in the lower 48 states was 46 below zero at Wisdom, Mont.

For Monday, scattered snow was forecast from the Rocky Mountains across the central and southern Plains, the middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys, and the Great Lakes region to the northern and middle Atlantic Coast states. Freezing rain and sleet were forecast from southern and eastern Texas across much of Louisiana and Arkansas to the lower Tennessee Valley. Rain was forecast over parts of the Southeast from the central Gulf Coast across Alabama and Georgia to the Carolinas.

Highs remaining below zero were predicted from southeastern Idaho across parts of Wyoming to northern Colorado; in the single digits and teens over northern and central sections of the Rockies and the Intermountain region between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada; in the teens from northern Texas to the Dakotas, and across the upper half of the Mississippi Valley to western sections of the Great Lakes; in the 40s and 50s over much of California, southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and extreme western Texas; in the 40s, 50s and 60s from the central Gulf Coast to much of the Carolinas; in the 70s and lower 80s over Florida; and in the 20s and 30s elsewhere.