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    Florida and the Gulf States were hit by record snows yesterday as nature continued its "cold war" on the East.

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    Background: Florida and the Gulf States were hit by record snows yesterday as nature continued its "cold war" on the East. At the same time, the city's chance of relief was chilled by the forecast of still more cold through Saturday.

    Temperatures remained below freezing here for the sixth straight day, ranging below a low of 14.6 degrees at 8:20 A.M. and a high of 24.7 at 4:10 P.M.

    Upstate areas trying to dig out a forty-inch snowfall were warned to expect three more inches of snow before morning.

    A three-inch fall in Northern Florida threatened that state's winter crops anew. Some reports said that frost had already destroyed a quarter of the citrus crop.

    The snow extended through Louisiana to Texas and endangered thousands of acres of vegetables, cotton and citrus crops in the Rio Grande Valley.

    Mardi Gras Disrupted
    An inch of snow in New Orleans disrupted the pre-Lenten Mardi Gras festivities and forced the cancellation of a costume parade.

    In upstate New York, temperatures fell to an overnight low of 25 below in Saranac Lake. Niagara Falls awoke to find an "ice bridge" sixty feet thick in places, spanning two miles of the Niagara River from the American Cataract to the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge.

    The outlook for today in the city calls for "fair, windy and cold" with highest temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. Tomorrow should dawn just as forebodingly, the forecast said with "increasing cloudiness and continued cold."

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