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New Jersey Sets Records as Other Areas Freeze

Island Heights on Saturday
Island Heights on Saturday (Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media NJ)

While temperatures in New Jersey area at record highs, much of the country has severe winter weather.

Snow in Maine
Snow in Maine from Saturday’s storm (Twitter)

New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City broke temperature records on Saturday. New York and Philadelphia broke records in the early hours of Sunday as well.

On Sunday the temperature at  Central Park, hit 71 degrees breaking the old record of 63 set in 1949 and 1998. In Newark the temperature hit 71 degrees breaking the old record of 65 set in 1998. And at At LaGuardia Airport the temperature reached.  69 degrees breaking the old record of 64 set in 1998.

On Saturday, the National Weather Service says the temperature in Central Park hit a record-setting 65 degrees Saturday. The previous record was 62, set in 2011 and 1923.
Philadelphia and Atlantic City  reached 67 degrees on Saturday afternoon. That broke Atlantic City’s previous mark of 63 degrees, set in 2011, and bested Philadelphia’s previous high of 66 degrees, set in 1895.

The temperature rose to a balmy 68 in Wilmington, Del., beating the previous mark of 65, set in 1895. And the 64 degrees recorded in Newark  broke the previous mark of 62, set in 2011.

New Jersey will get one more day of warm temperatures on Sunday as a cold front lines up to move through early Monday that will bring temperatures back to more winter-like levels. There could be some locally heavy rainfall as well.

Tuesday and Wednesday look to be cold under partly sunny skies and no storms in the forecast through next weekend.


Sloppy Storm

A sloppy storm system that dished a bit of everything Saturday on an area stretching from Texas to eastern Canada was expected to bring rain Sunday to areas back East that enjoyed spring-like temperatures the day before.

Travelers likely avoided the worst if they left or arrived in the Midwest by midday Saturday. But by afternoon, roads in many areas became slick and flight cancellations and delays started mounting.

By 11 p.m. CST Saturday, nearly 500 flights into or out of U.S. airports had been cancelled and some 7,000 had been delayed, aviation tracking website reported.

A winter storm is coating parts of northern New York and Vermont with an inch or more of ice, causing power outages and making travel extremely hazardous.

More than 10,000 customers are without power in upstate New York as the storm is forecast to linger into Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service says more than an inch of ice has been reported in parts of St Lawrence County, N.Y. Signification accumulations are expected through midday Sunday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an ice storm emergency for northern and western parts of the state.

Northern New Hampshire and parts of western Maine are also seeing ice accumulations. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland released parishioners from obligation to attend Mass, urging “extreme caution and prudence” about travel decisions.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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