‘Bomb Cyclone’: Snow and Bitter Cold Blast the Northeast

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A Mainer says it is a nice day for a run.

In Maine, where the Weather Service had issued a warning until midnight Eastern for hurricane-force winds along the coast, residents were taking the harsh wintry conditions in stride.

Mish Sommers, 46, who lives in Lincolnville, Me., went for a run Thursday in whiteout conditions with ice cleats on her shoes. “Probably should have run in snowshoes,” she said.

She said she loved being part of the stillness outdoors. “What happens when the snow falls with this kind of intensity, it gets so quiet,” she said. “There’s a very hushed sense of everything being so gentle around us.”

Cooper Funk, 38, a vegetable farmer in Camden, Me., who is a fifth-generation Californian, said he was worried about the wind, which was roaring around his house at more than 40 miles per hour, though the greenhouse-like structures over his vegetables were still standing.

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A stunned iguana in Boca Raton, Fla., on Thursday.

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Frank Cerabino/Palm Beach Post, via Associated Press

Those iguanas falling from trees in Florida? They probably are not dead.

When temperatures dip into the 30s and 40s, Floridians know to be on the lookout for reptiles stunned — but not necessarily killed — by the cold. They can come back to life again when it warms up.

In Boca Raton, Frank Cerabino, a Palm Beach Post columnist familiar with the creatures, stepped outside and saw a bright green specimen by his pool on Thursday morning, feet up.

“He didn’t move,” Mr. Cerabino said. “But he’s probably still alive. My experience is that they take a while to die.”

In the end, the iguana lived. Read more here.

Across the South, many people reveled in their rare taste of winter.

In Wilmington, N.C., most people didn’t expect to get any snow this year, but more than three inches fell on Thursday, according to The Wilmington Star-News.

“We love it; we love having it actually be winter in the South and we love the Southern version of a sled: a boogie board,” Rachel Baldwin told the newspaper.

In Fredericksburg, Va., dozens of onlookers called the police to report that three swans had been hemmed in by ice on a pond, but were relieved to learn they were not frozen — they were just fake, according to The Free Lance-Star.

And the police in Greenville, N.C., said they caught two men who had broken into cars on Wednesday by tracking their footprints in the snow.

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