Last week, the East Coast of the United States endured a brutal winter storm which caused the deaths of 16 people. It also led to widespread power outages and the cancellation of thousands of flights. Thick snow is common in the Northeast during the long and dark winter months
but the cold snap came as more of a surprise in Florida. The 40 degree weather even caused iguanas and other reptiles to "fall out of trees", immobilized by the cold. As shocking at the blast of cold was for Floridians, they can certainly count themselves lucky to live far away from the coldest areas of the U.S.
where cladding yourself in layers of winter clothing is a normality.
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found that Fairbanks, Alaska, is America's coldest city with minimum average temperatures in the coldest month a very chilly -16.9° F. The historic low is -66° F. The fact that the country's coldest city is in Alaska probably comes as little surprise. Elsewhere, North and South Dakota dominate the list of America's ten coldest cities. Three cities in North Dakota - Grand Forks, Williston and Fargo - follow Fairbanks with all having average temperatures at or below zero degrees.