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Polar air brings single-digit cold to East, South

Armondo Hevia pushed his son, Emile, 7, at Loyola University in snow left over from a 12th Night snowball fight in New Orleans Tuesday. But below-freezing temperatures made life hard for some in the Big Easy.
Armondo Hevia pushed his son, Emile, 7, at Loyola University in snow left over from a 12th Night snowball fight in New Orleans Tuesday. But below-freezing temperatures made life hard for some in the Big Easy.Matthew Hinton/The New Orleans Advocate via associated press

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ATLANTA (AP) — Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats, and gloves they almost never have to use.

The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century.

The mercury plunged into the single digits and teens from Boston and New York to Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, and Little Rock — places where many people don’t know the first thing about extreme cold.

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