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January 5-7, 2014, a wide swath of subzero temperatures impacted much of the United States, from Montana eastward to New York, and southward to parts of Oklahoma and northern Alabama. Several major cities recorded their lowest temperatures in more than 20 years. Monday, January 6, 2014, ranked as the 40th coldest day on record since 1900, with an average temperature of 17.9 degrees for the Lower 48. Minneapolis spent more than 60 consecutive hours below zero and Chicago spent nearly 40 hours below zero. January 7, 2014 set at least 49 records for daily low temperatures across the country. The low temperature of 4 degrees in Central Park in New York City was an all-time low for that date, and sections of Niagara Falls in western New York froze over. Even normally warm cities in the South were impacted. Atlanta recorded a low temperature of 6 degrees on January 7.

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