Mercury Plunges in East, South
A deadly cold wave gripped a wide area from the Great Lakes to the Northeast and into the Deep South today, sending temperatures plunging to almost 30 below zero in Upstate New York, setting record lows in nearly two dozen cities and prompting relief officials to rush the homeless to shelters.
In New York City, where two apparently homeless men were found dead on the streets, the temperature dropped to 5 in Central Park this morning, breaking the record for the day set in 1960. The coldest spots in the nation were in the Adirondack mountain communities of Piseco and Saranac Lake in upper New York state, where it fell to 28 below zero. The cold wave extended as far south as North Carolina and northern Georgia.