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(AP) - For days, temperatures have plunged across a large portion of the United States, accompanied by a storm system that's brought sleet, snow, ice or a combination of all three. The weather has been a factor in several deaths and has caused treacherous travel conditions and the cancellation of thousands of flights.
Temperatures in Arkansas were forecast to remain in the upper 20s or mid 30s Monday, with a slight chance of light snow or sleet in the evening hours, but no National Weather Service watches or warnings were in effect.
Road conditions in the state had improved since Friday's wintry storm although some roads remained icy in Little Rock and in northern parts of the state. Many schools remained closed.
Citrus farmers in California's Central Valley dodged the brunt of the seemingly never-ending winter storm. They used wind machines over the weekend to prevent crop freezes when temperatures dropped into the upper 20s.
Slippery roads led to a crash involving about 20 vehicles in southwestern Connecticut Sunday night, closing part of Interstate 95 for about two hours. State police said early Monday that six people were injured, none of them seriously.
The National Weather Service said snow changing to sleet and freezing rain was expected through Monday morning, with up to an inch of snow and ice possible in southern Connecticut and yet more expected further north into New England.
Football fans will need to bundle up when the Chicago Bears host the Dallas Cowboys Monday night. The mercury is expected to drop throughout the day and forecasters said wind chills will fall below zero when the teams face off. The National Weather Service said the wind chill in some parts of northern Illinois could sink to 15 below zero Monday night.
About three inches of snow fell at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday and flurries continued Monday.
Freezing rain across much of central and northern Indiana overnight coated roads with ice and contributed to many crashes. State police say a woman died when her SUV spun out and was struck by a car and a semi Sunday evening on a snow-slick Interstate 65 near Roselawn in northwestern Indiana. Dozens of schools were closed or were opening later than usual.
The freezing rain ended early Monday but officials warned that slick conditions could continue.
Utilities said more than 19,000 customers were without power early Monday in Maryland due to the wintry storm. Baltimore officials cancelled the mayor's annual Christmas parade Sunday because of snow and dangerous road conditions.
Massachusetts commuters faced a light covering of snow Monday morning. Much of the state experienced at least a dusting of snow, but that was expected to turn over to rain as the day progressed, with temperatures at about 40 degrees.
Light snow fell over much of New Hampshire making for slick roads and some school delays Monday morning. A couple of fender-benders were reported in the Lebanon and Manchester areas. Several flights scheduled to take off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport were delayed.
The National Weather Service says the light snow is going to mix with sleet or freezing rain as warmer air moves in across southern sections of Maine and New Hampshire. Total snow amounts through the afternoon are expected to be in the range of one to 3 inches.
Forecasters said Southern New Jersey experienced up to 11 inches of snow overnight, and motorists faced slippery conditions as rain replaced snow statewide. State police said two people died in a car crash on an icy Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County.
Parts of the state where temperatures are at or below freezing remain under a winter weather advisory because of the possibility of ice. The state Transportation Department treated highways with salt and imposed speed restrictions on some roads.
The rain was expected to taper off by Monday evening with the potential for light snow with cold temperatures on Tuesday.
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Police said slippery road conditions contributed to a 10-car pileup in Yonkers late Sunday but there were no serious injuries.
Some schools in Westchester, Putnam and Orange counties said they would be open Monday 2 hours later than usual due to the wintry weather.
Forecasters said light snow was possible in northern Oklahoma as another round of wintry weather made its way through the state and cold temperatures were expected to persist throughout the week. Many schools remain closed Monday.
A storm system that blanketed Pennsylvania with several inches of snow began to leave the state Monday morning. The flakes changed to rain in Philadelphia, making for slushy streets downtown. City schools were expected to operate on a normal schedule, and transportation officials said regional rail was operating on or close to schedule.
All major highways were reopened by late Sunday after a major storm last week immobilized much of North and West Texas. Nonetheless, Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle canceled 700 flights on Monday, mainly in North Texas. Utilities said nearly 22,000 homes and businesses were still without power.
Many side streets were icy after a light freezing rain fell early Monday morning. Federal agencies were open but workers could arrive up to two hours later than normal due to the freezing rain.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said many flights were delayed or canceled at Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport also had canceled flights.
The weather service forecast that freezing rain and drizzle would continue in the region, with accumulations of up to a quarter inch of ice, and a winter storm warning was in effect until 10 a.m.
Snow plow drivers worked overnight and by Monday morning, the main roads/interstates were in good shape in Milwaukee County. Snow contributed to at least two fatal accidents and numerous pileups that injured dozens of people in southern Wisconsin on Sunday. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office described conditions on the interstates as "extremely slippery and dangerous."