By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI
Arctic air returns to parts of New England and New York on Monday after a brief flirtation with sunshine and slightly higher temperatures.
National Weather Service forecaster Jim Hayes says temperatures will be 25 to 30 degrees below normal across much of the country Monday. And anything from rain to sleet to snow is possible in many areas.
Here's what's happening:
CHILLY TIMES AHEAD
Wind chills will send temperatures diving below zero throughout northern New England and northern New York from Monday afternoon into the night. Winds could cause Bennington, Vermont, to drop to 17 below zero, while Lake Placid, New York, could be a teeth-chattering minus 30.
A man was killed Sunday when he fell through a snow-covered skylight on the roof of a building in Canton, Massachusetts. In Portland, Maine, chunks of ice described as the size of end tables slid off the roof of a five-story building and crashed through the front and rear windows of an unoccupied car Sunday. In rural western Pennsylvania, a man and a woman were found dead in the snow outside their home Sunday afternoon, but their causes of death weren't immediately clear. In Texas, a 31-year-old Amarillo man died Sunday when he lost control of his car on icy Interstate 27.
Monday's icy weather delayed the murder trial of the ex-Marine charged with killing Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. The trial will resume Tuesday in Stephenville, Texas. The jury could receive the case this week.
Boston's transit agency is slowly returning to normal after a series of crippling snowstorms and low temperatures. Most subway and trolley branches had service restored Sunday just in time for the Monday morning commute. Buses were running on a regular weekday schedule, but delays were expected. Commuter rail passengers were told to expect delays and cancellations.
THE BIG FREEZE
The Great Lakes are going the way of Niagara Falls and Sioux Falls: They're freezing over. Lake Erie is nearly totally frozen, and Lakes Huron and Superior are nearly 80 percent frozen, the New York Daily News reports.
Winter storm warnings continue for a large portion of northern Louisiana, and parts of Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi are under winter storm or freezing rain advisories. Meanwhile, storms and freezing temperatures last week in Tennessee are being blamed for 22 deaths.