Widespread early December chill has developed across the northern third of the United States as heavy snow cover blankets much of the area. Chicago tied a record of 0F set back in 1972 and 1885 Thursday morning. St. Cloud, Minnesota reached a record of 15 below zero on Thursday breaking the record for the date set in 1936. On Wednesday, a low of 19 below in Grand Forks, North Dakota, broke the record of 16 below set in 1972. Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Pennsylvania reached 8 degrees, breaking a 31 year record.
The first week of the month in Boston has averaged almost 11 degrees below normal. Some easing of the cold is expected in these areas next week but not enough to melt the extensive snow cover in most areas.