Ice coats parts of north; rain, record warmth elsewhere

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — More than 95,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning in New York, Vermont and Maine because of widespread ice accumulations. In northern New York's St. Lawrence County, tree limbs and power lines are coated in almost 2 inches of ice.

It's part of a mix of nasty weather hitting various parts of the country.

Forecasters say a cold front extending from the Gulf Coast to New England will bring widespread rain and snow to the eastern third of the country today.

While some areas cope with ice and snow, several Eastern cities set record highs yesterday and could do so again today.

And some areas are cleaning up after heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.

A line of storms stretching from southern Louisiana to Indiana has caused rivers and creeks to swell, flooding roads and spawning winds strong enough to force cars and trucks off of highways.

The storms are blamed for at least two deaths in Mississippi. One man was killed when his mobile home overturned and another man was killed when his car hit a tree that had fallen across a road. In Arkansas, at least five people were injured and two dozen homes damaged when two apparent tornadoes touched down.

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APPHOTO OKLAW602: Ice coats branches near Liberty Park on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Lawton, Okla. Snow was forecast for parts of Oklahoma following a winter storm that brought freezing rain and ice to the state, was blamed for two fatal traffic accidents and left thousands without power Saturday. (AP Photo/The Lawton Constitution, Jeff Dixon) (16 Apr 2009)

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APPHOTO KYPAD205: Floodwaters surround an area of low lying woodlands off of Noble Road on 1420 in Paducah, Ky., on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Continuous rainfall that began Friday night accumulated approximately 4 to 5 inches which lead to flooded roads and poor driving conditions during the last holiday shopping weekend. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Allie Douglass) (21 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO MIBEN105: A woman explores an ice-covered pier at the South Haven Lighthouse Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in South Haven, Mich. (AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell) (21 Dec 2013)

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