A cold front chilled the central part of the nation Sunday, setting record low temperatures in 25 cities, as the second snowfall in a week to hit upstate New York and Vermont stranded motorists and left hundreds without power.
In south Florida, hurricane warnings were posted Sunday, and officials activated emergency plans and readied for possible evacuations as Tropical storm Floyd aimed its 60-m.p.h. fury at the Keys.
Key West was expected to begin feeling the effects of the storm before noon today.
Late Sunday, the storm's center was on the western tip of Cuba, about 275 miles southwest of Key West.
Cold Spreads Southeast
Meanwhile, a high pressure system from western Canada spread cool temperatures from the eastern Rockies into the lower Mississippi Valley.
"It's moving toward the Southeast very slowly," said Dan McCarthy of the National Weather Service. "It will probably settle in the Ohio Valley before it pushes into the East Coast."
Snow advisories were posted for northern New York state and much of Vermont. As much as four inches of snow fell on Montpelier, Vt. and three inches was measured in Green Mountain, Vt., and in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.