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Chilly Weather Greets Nixon at Inaugural

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The Thomas Jefferson statue drips with icicles as a banner blows in the wind on the steps of the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 13, 2013. Several state wide elected officals including Governor Jay Nixon will take their oath of office on January 14, 2013, during Missouri Inauguration ceremonies. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20's for the ceremony.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Thomas Jefferson statue drips with icicles as a banner blows in the wind on the steps of the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 13, 2013. Several state wide elected officals including Governor Jay Nixon will take their oath of office on January 14, 2013, during Missouri Inauguration ceremonies. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20′s for the ceremony. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s second term began with a chill.

Temperatures were well below freezing Monday as the governor rode in an inaugural parade and took the oath of office during an outdoor ceremony.

Just how cold was it?

So cold that members of Nixon’s administration had to clear frost and ice off the 3,840 folding chairs placed on the lawn of the Capitol for the inauguration. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sat with a blanket over his legs while listening to Nixon’s speech. And some chilly audience members left before the ceremony concluded.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon stand after taking the oath of office for a second term as Missouri's Governor at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 14, 2013.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon stand after taking the oath of office for a second term as Missouri’s Governor at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 14, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The temperature was 24 at the time of the inauguration. Heaters were placed under the raised stage from which Nixon spoke in order to keep state officials warm.

Audience members relied solely upon coats, hats and gloves.

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