Powerful winds and snow produced near-blizzard conditions around Lake Erie on Wednesday, while a huge arctic air mass dropped temperatures to record levels in 13 Midwest cities and reached into Dixie.
The latest blast of arctic air produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes region. Snow squalls dropped up to a foot of snow overnight in northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, with three- to five-foot drifts.
Strong northerly winds accompanying the snow produced near-blizzard conditions in areas of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York near Lake Erie.
Snow also fell in western Tennessee and northern Arkansas and Mississippi.
Eight Deaths Reported
At least eight people have died on icy roadways since the cold front swept into the nation Monday.
Low temperature records for Dec. 18 were reached in Huron, S.D., where the low of 30 degrees below zero lopped five degrees off a 101-year-old record. The wind chill at Duluth, Minn., was 60 below zero. By afternoon, the arctic air blasted into New York state, producing wind chills of 40 below zero.
In northern New York state, Jefferson County at the eastern end of Lake Ontario has had 50 inches of snow since Friday.