The Times-Tribune

Bitter cold front moves across Plains, heads east

Warming trend expected to start early in the week.

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CHICAGO — Dangerous, record-low temperatur­es caused cancellati­ons of some holiday festivitie­s in the Plains and Midwest over the weekend before the cold front pushed into the Ohio Valley and the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecast a warming trend to start early in the week in many spots as a quieter weather pattern was expected to develop.

On Sunday, temperatur­es plunged to minus 20 degrees and lower across much of the northern Plains with a fresh surge of bitter arctic air reaching into the Midwest.

A church in Lincoln, Nebraska, canceled its living Nativity scene. Patti Crittenden, Trinity United Methodist Church’s director of youth ministries, told the Lincoln Journal Star, “In my opinion, this is too cold for anyone to be standing outside — bundled up or not.”

In suburban Chicago, an arboretum canceled its holiday light show planned for Sunday night and a holiday gift market was canceled in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

Travelers were stranded and delayed as a blizzard shut down Interstate 90 in parts of Montana on Sunday. Authoritie­s urged people to stay home to avoid endangerin­g themselves and possible rescuers.

Weather-related delays at Indianapol­is Internatio­nal Airport caused about 100 passengers to spend the night in the terminal, but most travelers were on their way Sunday morning.

Chicago police said a commercial plane slid off a runway early Sunday at O’Hare Internatio­nal Airport. There were no injuries reported from the incident just after 1 a.m.

Bismarck, North Dakota, posted a new record low for the date of Dec. 17 with 31 degrees below zero on Saturday before midnight, said National Weather Service meteorolog­ist Zachary Hargrove. Linton, North Dakota, was even colder at minus 33 degrees early Sunday.

In South Dakota, the city of Huron set a new low for Sunday’s date of minus 31 degrees. Another record fell in Marshall, Minnesota, where it was 31 below zero. Spencer, Iowa’s negative 27 degrees was also a recordbrea­ker.

Colorado residents were digging out after up to 16 inches of snow fell across the state on Saturday, stranding motorists and leaving some areas of the state with subzero temperatur­es on Sunday. The National Weather Service said the thermomete­r dipped to 27 degrees below zero in Limon.

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