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FREEZING TEMPERATURES GRIP MUCH OF NATION
CLAIM LIFE OF NURSING-HOME PATIENT IN TEXAS

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CLAIM LIFE OF NURSING-HOME PATIENT IN TEXAS

Snow, sleet and freezing rain assaulted the Middle Atantic states Tuesday, cold gripped the southern plains and the nation's midsection shivered in below-zero temperatures. A Texas man died of the cold, the National Weather Service said.

The storm front that brought snow to much of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., started as light snow in West Virginia overnight, dropping from 1 to 3 inches before daylight and spreading to Delaware, south New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.Strong high pressure has kept conditions in the Northwest clear and chilly, but strong winds were reported in the Rocky Mountains. A snow and blowing-snow advisory was issued for the northern mountains of Colorado for Tuesday. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph were reported Monday evening in the high exposed areas of the northern mountains adjacent to the front range.

A high-wind warning was issued for areas in and near the mountains of southern Wyoming for Tuesday. Winds of 30 mph to 45 mph were reported in the Interstate 80 summit miles west of Cheyenne. Gusts as strong as 60 mph were expected in and near the southern mountains of Wyoming later Tuesday.

The weather service also warned of snow in Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia, where temperatures fell to the 30s and 40s.

The coldest weather of the season chilled New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana with the passage of a cold front Monday.

Authorities blamed the cold for the death of John Kubelka, 81, a patient at a nursing home in Brenham, Texas. He was found shortly after daybreak at an outdoor basketball court, semiconscious and wearing socks without shoes and no jacket. He died at an area hospital of hypothermia.