Alaska broke warm weather records again this week, while southern states braced for cold weather and the Eastern Seaboard was buried under more snow.
From the Arctic to the Interior and into Southeast Alaska, several regions in the state were warmer than the U.S. East Coast and South. In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the arrival of severe winter weather.
Meanwhile, Anchorage was experiencing much milder weather. On Monday, it was 37 degrees in Alaska's largest city, while New York was 28 degrees and Boston was 19.
The Interior was also experiencing weather -- and temperatures -- similar to locales much farther south.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District shut schools down Monday because of icy road conditions and freezing rain, while the University of Alaska Fairbanks canceled classes. Parts of Texas and Arkansas were also experiencing sleet and freezing rain, the Weather Channel reported.
Austin, Texas was 32 degrees Monday, while Fairbanks was only a bit colder at 30 degrees.
Temperatures above freezing -- along with rain and fog -- also forced a delay at the Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks.
The National Weather Service recorded a number of record-breaking high temperatures across the state Sunday, as noted in the agency's public statements:
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