PORTLAND — Northern New Englanders awoke to bone-chilling temperatures this morning with the mercury falling to well below zero across much of the region.

The National Weather Service said some of the cold spots in Maine at 6 a.m. were Fryeburg, which was minus 20, and Sanford, where the temperature was 13 below zero.

In New Hampshire, the temperature was minus 18 in Berlin and minus 14 in Whitefield.

And in Vermont, the temperature in Montpelier and St. Johnsbury was 15 below zero at 6 a.m.

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