Arctic-like Midwest Snowstorm Headed East

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) — A snowstorm that left parts of the Midwest United States covered in half a foot of snow barreled east toward New York, meteorologists said Thursday. said the wind-whipped storm that coated cities like Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit is expected to reach New York, along with other eastern cities like Boston and Washington, by Thursday night or early Friday.

The system prompted a National Weather Service winter weather advisory for Detroit until early Friday morning with additional snowfall expected, The Detroit Free Press said.

Meanwhile, cold weather in parts of Florida broke records overnight as the temperature in Tampa fell to 27 degrees and Lakeland endured temperatures as low as 30 degrees, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported.

The previous lows for the cities were 30 degrees and 34 degrees, respectively.

The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said West Palm Beach, Fla., broke a 107-year-old record for Jan. 7 Thursday morning as temperatures fell to 37 degrees.

The cold weather prompted homeless people in parts of Florida to seek refuge at shelters, the Post reported.

Recent cold weather has been blamed for multiple pipe ruptures in Atlanta, including a major water main break causing intersection closures, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.

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