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January 8, 2010

Icy hazards persist through U.S., deep into South

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That’s on top of the snow that had already coated Interstate 70, where a tractor-trailer spun out of control Thursday, crossed the median and swerved into oncoming traffic, colliding with a small bus transporting adult disabled passengers, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Three passengers on the bus were killed, as was its driver. Six other passengers on the bus, which was carrying 11 people, were injured, as was the driver of the commercial truck, Sgt. Raymond Durant said.

Snowfall was heaviest in Minnesota and parts of South Dakota, where blowing winds piled up drifts too big for snowplow drivers to clear. In Illinois, six snowplows were involved in accidents.

Nowhere was it colder than in Bismarck, N.D., where wind chills hit 52 below zero Thursday and the temperature reached 14 below. Wind chills were still near 50 below in the Dakotas for a second day.

While North Dakotans get plenty of practice with bundling up, folks in other parts of the country were still learning the basics.

With temperatures on the Texas-Mexico border descending near freezing Thursday night, officials in Laredo issued an advisory telling residents to “dress warmly and stay dry.”

In Florida’s panhandle, vapor was rising off the Gulf as warm water met the frigid air.

“It’s so cold that sparrows that have crawled under the plastic on our heated deck don’t want to leave,” said Scooter Montgomery, manager of Peg Leg Pete’s Oyster Bar on Pensacola Beach.

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