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A pedestrian walks through steam venting from a sewer grate on a cold winter morning on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. The first cold snap of the season is bringing bone-chilling temperatures to the Albany area. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Bloomberg) — We all got used to it: a warm December from Chicago to New York and even on up into Boston.

Flowers blooming, birds singing — it could have been the start of spring. And then, slap! Temperatures fell into the teens on the Fahrenheit scale in Manhattan’s Central Park and elsewhere around the Northeast. That’s negative territory on the Celsius scale. Ice started to form on puddles and ponds and a little snow fell here and there.

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