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December is often on the edge of linger warmth and fresh batches of cold arctic air. Such was the case in 1961 on this date, when a very heavy mix of snow and freezing rain caused wide-spread power outages. The cold air was thickest in the north, so mainly snow fell, amounting to 8 to 14 inches. Farther south the cold air was shallow, as 6 inches of snow turned to freezing rain, knocking power out for up to 4 days.