Bitter cold and snow stung the central United States as record low temperatures were reached in more than 30 cities from the plains to the Great Lakes with readings as low as the single digits. In Goodland, Kan., which received nearly a foot of snow Sunday, the mercury plunged to a record 4 degrees, and another mark for the date was set with a reading of 5 above in Cheyenne, Wyo., the National Weather Service said. An advancing cold front dropped temperatures from 91 degrees Sunday to 39 Monday in El Paso, and from 82 Sunday to 29 in Albuquerque. The change felt worse in Albuquerque because winds gusting to 53 m.p.h. overnight pushed the wind-chill temperature to 5 below zero, the weather service said. Freeze warnings or advisories were posted in Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and parts of Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.
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