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NEW: Washington, Philadelphia will see snow Sunday, warm up Monday
NEW: Very low temperatures remain across the United States
NEW: Dallas should thaw out a little on Sunday
NEW: Few takers for free football tickets in Dallas
A frigid winter storm system that put Dallas in the deep freeze is hitting the East Coast on Sunday. Luckily for those people, it should be a short visit.
Snow, ice or freezing rain will fall on Washington, Philadelphia and New York City, the National Weather Service said. On Monday, temperatures will rise into the 40s and any accumulation should start to melt after the morning commute, the weather service predicts.
Folks in other parts of the country will need an extra blanket on the bed as unseasonably cold weather will continue. And some people in the Gulf Coast and Southeast states will see heavy rain.
On Sunday, temperatures were expected to reach only about 10 degrees in the northern and central Rockies, the northern Plains and the upper Midwest. Sleet and freezing rain are forecast from the Tennessee Valley to the mid-Atlantic region.
Parts of Texas, the upper South and the Midwest socked by the winter storm will warm up just a little bit. The weather service said the temps will rise into the high 30s and 40s, but drop below freezing again Sunday night.
How cold was it? On Saturday, Southern Methodist University offered free tickets for its football game with Central Florida but didn’t get many takers. All but a few seats in the stadium were empty.
The high temperature at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport Saturday was 26 – the coldest high temperature ever recorded there on any December 7 and the coldest December day in the area in 23 years, CNN affiliate WFAA-TV reported.
At least seven people have died in storm-related incidents, with the Texas State Patrol reporting two weather-related fatalities on Saturday but providing no details.
In Lewisville, about 25 miles north of Dallas, the driver of a pickup lost control on an icy road, spun out of control before dawn on Saturday on a road over Lake Lewisville, went over a guardrail and landed in the water. Firefighters dove into the frigid water and towed the truck to the bridge. The unidentified driver died.
In Arkansas, a man was killed late Thursday when a tree fell on his camper in Pope County, the Department of Emergency Management said. Highway Patrol officials in Oklahoma blamed at least one death, in Muskogee, on the weather.
The storm took a toll on travel, causing hundreds of car crashes and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of departures at Dallas/FortWorth International Airport. The FAA said Saturday operations had returned to normal. Abandoned cars littered the interstate outside Dallas.
Winter came much earlier than usual in many sections of the nation.
Farmersburg, Indiana, recorded up to 10 inches of snow Thursday and temperatures fell into the single digits at night. “This was early for us to have this much measurable snow late in the fall, but has happened before,” Mark Ivy told CNN iReport. “It is more the cold that is unusual.”
In East Kingsford, Michigan, iReporter Jason Asselin said he’s covering up with blankets to keep out the cold. “In December, our average temperatures are in the 20s,” he said. “Currently it is zero degrees outside.”
Across the High Plains and into the Great Lakes, temperatures were expected to be 10 to 35 degrees below average. The wind chill index was predicted to drop as low as 35 to 45 degrees below zero in some areas.
From the central Appalachians through central New England, snow is expected into early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.
It was cold in Memphis, Tennessee, for a second straight day, with a high of 24 degrees. The weather will be a little warmer Sunday and Monday, with the mercury creeping up to 36 and 43 degrees, respectively.
The governors of Tennessee and Arkansas declared states of emergency ahead of the worst of the storm.
CNN’s Melissa Lefevre, Jennifer Gray, Samantha Mohr, Jason Morris and Dave Hennen contributed to this report.