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It was a week of freakish weather in other parts of the U.S. as well. Widely scattered tornadoes, uncommon in winter, ripped through Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Delaware, damaging dozens of buildings and killing at least six persons. As in Chicago, temperatures soared to unprecedented highsin Baltimore 74°, New York 68°, and Boston 61 °before dropping back to normal.
In the blizzard-battered Midwest, however, the return to life-as-usual seemed a long way off. At week's end, Chicago's temperature dropped to an icy 15°which made the city's efforts to dig out all the more unpleasant.