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TOO COLD - EVEN FOR SWIM CLUB

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It was so cold . . .

Firefighters in Atlanta set an ice-covered hydrant ablaze so they could fight a house fire. High school bands were dropped from a parade in St. Paul, Minn., so lips wouldn't freeze to brass instruments.And in Pittsburgh, condensation from factory smokestacks combined with temperatures of 6 below zero to produce man-made flurries in some parts of the city. Meteorologists said the snow even showed up in satellite pictures.

"It's so cold we can't even give out the right change because our hands are frozen - I hate it," said gas station attendant Louis Carvalho in Newark, N.J.

"It's like sitting in the freezer without any clothes on for an hour," said Steve Parkansky, 25, a bartender in Rhinelander, Wis., where temperatures plunged Sunday to 43 below zero.

The lethal arctic cold that plunged temperatures to record lows in 13 states racked up a fresh round of temperature records Sunday.

It got down to 5 in Newark, N.J., Sunday, leading the chairwoman of a Polar Bear Club in nearby Glen Rock, N.J., to call off an ocean swim.

"Even I'm not that crazy," said Maria Alazarro. "It's too cold to be outside."

It was too cold in Embarass, Minn. - 56 below - to show your face. And the minus 11 reading in a little town in Michigan said it all.

More record lows were set early Monday. Meridian, Miss., had 8 degrees, Jackson, Miss., 10, Baton Rouge, La., 15, and Lynchburg, Va., minus 7.