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Canada's typically harsh winter weather continued to spare most of the country over the weekend as mild conditions prevailed instead of the snow and deep freeze many would expect at the start of January.
And while many cheerfully enjoyed the unseasonal treat, others pondered what it all means for Canada's national identity.
Vancouverites spent their Saturday in what is becoming a familiar ritual: Tallying up the damage from a powerful storm.
Stanley Park, the city's crown jewel, had more trees knocked down by Friday night's windstorm.
While about one dozen were removed from roadways, "there could be very many more that came down in the centre of the park, and we just haven't had an opportunity to determine the damage at this point," Ian Robertson, chair of the Vancouver Park Board, told CTV Vancouver.
About three weeks ago, the park lost up to 3,000 trees from a vicious windstorm (there are an estimated one million trees in the 400-hectare park). Some areas of the park looked like loggers had clear-cut them.
Albany International Airport hit 71 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, was 69 degrees at about 2:30 p.m. In New Jersey, records set in 1950 were broken in Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City.
Snow-weary Colorado was hammered with its third snowstorm in as many weeks, complicating recovery efforts from back-to-back blizzards and raising fears that livestock losses would keep mounting.
Another Pacific storm was expected to bring heavy rain and high-elevation snow to the Cascades on Sunday, while the East Coast was forecast to cool off after record-setting temperatures.
Environment Canada's Weather Office has issued a wind chill warning, noting that temperatures as low as minus 35 Celsius and winds of 15 to 20 km/h are producing wind chills in the minus 40 to minus 45 range.
"Frostbite is possible within 10 minutes at these values," the Office says.
Cold Weather Threatens Citrus Crop
A cold snap predicted in several western states this weekend is expected to lower temperatures in California to the teens, worrying farmers with a citrus crop still hanging on trees.
In the San Joaquin Valley, growers in the middle of the citrus season are firing up huge fans to circulate warm air in the fields and are planning all-night vigils to monitor the health of nearly $1 billion worth of oranges, tangerines and lemons.
Ice storm coating Midwest
Freezing rain coated roads, runways and power lines across the nation's midsection Friday, threatening to cut off electricity and shut down travel for days.
At least four deaths have been blamed on the storm, some schools closed early Friday, and dozens of flights were delayed.
"It could definitely be a paralyzing storm. This is going to be a long-term event," said Max Blood, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, where at least two airlines, Southwest and Atlantic Southeast, canceled all afternoon flights.
Winds of up to hurricane force lashed the coast of Western and Southern Norway in the early hours of Sunday morning. Train services to Sweden were stopped. Warning of extreme weather conditions had been issued for the coastal districts, and the police had asked people along the coast in Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane counties to stay indoors during the night.
Ice storm slams N.E. after leaving Oklahoma, Missouri in dark
A storm blamed for at least 39 deaths in six states spread into the Northeast on Monday, coating trees, power lines and roads with a shell of ice up to a half-inch thick and knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses.
Slick roads disrupted Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances from Albany, New York, to Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, where officials also canceled Gov. Rick Perry's inauguration parade on Tuesday in anticipation of another round of ice.
The weight of the ice snapped tree limbs and took down power lines, knocking out electricity to nearly 70,000 customers in New York state and New Hampshire.
Fierce winter weather blows into Ontario, Quebec
Freezing rain has caused hundreds of road accidents in southern Ontario, one involving a truck loaded with hazardous liquid oxygen. The same weather system is also moving east, dumping snow on much of Quebec and the Maritimes.
With temperatures falling, the ice pellets are expected to turn to snow later in the day -- as much as 10 centimetres in some areas.
The icy conditions slowed morning rush-hour traffic to a crawl in many parts of the Toronto area, with even slow-moving cars sliding out of control on smaller highways.
Severe storms hit southern Sweden
Severe storms have battered southern Sweden, killing at least three people, disrupting transport and leaving about 270,000 homes without electricity.
The victims - who included a nine-year-old boy - were all struck by falling trees.
Winds on the south-west coast reached speeds of nearly 150km/h (93mph) on Sunday but have since slackened.
Malaysia floods test aid efforts
Johor has been hit by floods for a second time in a month
Relief centres in southern Malaysia are reported to be bursting at the seams with more than 100,000 people evacuated from their homes after heavy flooding.