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It was rainy for Gov. McAuliffe's inaugural but at least it wasn't cold

Saturday - 1/11/2014, 5:30pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Less than a week after an arctic blast sent temperatures into single digits, the weather turned mild but wet for Gov. Terry McAuliffe' inauguration.

A thick mist hung in the air until a little more than an hour before Saturday's swearing-in ceremony. The heavy rain came later but tapered off by the time McAuliffe delivered his inaugural address. McAuliffe stayed after his speech for a "blessing dance" by Virginia's Indian tribes and a parade that wound around the statehouse and past a sparse crowd on a downtown street.

The inaugural crowd was smaller than usual due to the weather. Many who braved the elements huddled under umbrellas. Others wore blue or green plastic ponchos presented with inaugural programs. Although some bleachers were nearly empty, many in the crowd were enthusiastic.


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