Early snowfall creates slick driving conditions

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    It’s official, “weather” we like it or not, winter is coming, and Mother Nature reminded Adams County residents of that fact Monday evening, dropping 2 inches of snow — and the temperature, as well.
    The ice and snow covered roads created hazardous driving conditions for motorists, and all three Adams County schools canceled classes Tuesday.
    The snow has moved on, at least for now, and now it's time for the main event: Record-breaking cold.
    The National Weather Service says Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and beyond, thanks to what it calls an “arctic airmass.” The National Weather Service predicted a low of 9 degrees in Adams County Tuesday night, which will break the record of 12 degrees set in 1911.
    That also sets a new benchmark for the earliest recorded fall temperature in the single digits.

    Monday's weather made driving difficult in much of the Midwest. Authorities said the icy road conditions were to blame for the deaths of three adults in Michigan and an 8-year-old girl in Kansas.
    In Chicago, a plane landing at O'Hare International Airport on Monday slid across the runway. No one was injured.
    The arctic cold was producing heavy lake effect snow along Lake Michigan, dumping heavy snow on parts of northern Indiana. The highest snowfall total as of Tuesday morning was 10.6 inches near the city of Goshen.
    As the storm moved to the east, the National Weather Service reported snow totals had surpassed 10 inches at the Buffalo airport Tuesday morning. Rochester will eventually be digging out from a similar amount. Northern New England was expected to get between 7 inches and 14 inches of snow.
    Numerous vehicle accidents were reported, as well as school closings and delays in western New York.
    The South also felt the chill with light snow blanketing cars in Memphis, Tennessee. Warming centers opened in the city, where temperatures fell into the low 20s.
    Some West Tennessee schools were closed, and about 20 school systems delayed opening across north Alabama.