Snowbelt to Sunbelt, the Big Chill

Winter strikes with the worst December in decades

Winter is not a season, it is an occupation," said City Maintenance Supervisor Mike Vazzano, who has spent the past 20 winters trying to keep the streets of Omaha clear of snow. He added meekly, "I really don't enjoy it that much." Last week Vazzano had real cause to complain: after 6 in. of snow, the temperature dropped to 24° below zero, a record for that day. That was only one of the 70 low-temperature records broken from Washington State to Illinois on Thursday, the first...

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