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CNN Today

Old Man Winter Blasts Northeast With Freezing Weather

Aired January 18, 2000 - 2:23 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: With old man winter blasting the northeast, wintry weather extends down into the south, today. North Carolina is one of a handful of southern states that got some snow, today.

As CNN's Eric Horng now reports, for millions of folks it's cold out there today.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ERIC HORNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): All along the northeast, a reality check.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just got to keep moving, just got to keep moving.

HORNG: Two weeks after basking in 60-degree warmth, residents across the region bundled up and braved single-digit and below-zero temperatures. The National Weather Service issued wind warnings and advisories from Maine to southeastern New York. In New York City, some 40 inspectors struggle to keep up with the thousands of calls inundating the city's heat complaints hotline.

RICHARD ROBERTS, NEW YORK HOUSING POLICE: Although it's been very cold over the weekend, I think, you know, it is something that we -- that we're equipped to deal with it.

HORNG: Boston's Logan airport had its own heating problems. Two broken heaters dipped terminal C to 50 degrees.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's so cold, my toes are numb, my fingers are numb, I have my gloves on, I've got a double jack on, it is very cold.

HORNG: Elsewhere in Massachusetts, a water main break added more sting to winter's bitter bite. Public works crews, knee-deep in icy slush, raced to clean up the mess, which chocked traffic for half a mile on this heavily-travelled road.

But the biggest driving headaches were perhaps found in North Carolina. Motorists trudged through near-white-out conditions as a quick-moving weather system dumped up to a half a foot of snow on the state, turning some roads into slick traps. Many called the storm a nuisance but others saw it differently. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don't get snow very often, so you take a picture when you can.

HORNG: But few across the northeast are celebrating this blast of winter.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's horrible. It's very cold.

HORNG: And forecasters say it will likely continue through the end of the week.

Eric Horng, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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