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First Winter Storm of the Season Kills 4 in Minnesota

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Truck driver Vicky Stich plows snow and lays down sand and salt on Olson Highway Service Road in Minneapolis on Nov. 11, 2014 Leila Navidi—AP

Cold weather blew through the American Midwest

At least four people had been killed in crashes on ice-slicked roads in Minnesota, and some parts of the Upper Midwest were buried under two feet of snow Tuesday as an unusually early winter blast socked large parts of the country, authorities said.

Lac du Flambeau in north-central Wisconsin had 23.7 inches of snow on the ground Tuesday afternoon, while 24.5 inches had fallen on Ishpeming in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, said the National Weather Service, which reported that numerous other locations in the north-central Upper Peninsula had seen more than 18 inches of snowfall…

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Winter is Here: See the First Major Snow Storm of the Season

An arctic blast slammed most of the midwest on Monday, ushering in the much-dreaded winter season

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Arctic Blast Takes Aim at Millions of Americans

Parts of the Upper Midwest were waking up to almost a foot and a half of snow Tuesday after a winter blast that caused havoc at airports and on roads.

The mid-winter scenes from Montana to Michigan were accompanied by a blanket of sub-zero temperatures that crept south and reached as far as Dallas. Minnesota was hardest hit by the snow with Cambridge and St. Augusta both receiving 16.5 inches by 8:10 p.m. local time Monday (9:10 p.m. ET), according to The Weather Channel. Spooner and Glidden in northwest Wisconsin and Montana’s Whitefish Ski Resort each received 14 inches…

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Millions Brace for Snowstorm Ahead of Arctic Blast

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This satellite image taken on Nov. 10, 2014 at 01:00 AM EST shows frontal boundaries across the Northern Plains, Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. NOAA/AP

Seven million people were under winter storm warnings from Montana to Michigan early Monday ahead of a blast of freezing temperatures that will reach the East Coast later this week.

Six inches or more of snow is possible in a wide swath from the Dakotas to Minnesota and northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Forecasters say the snow will taper off in the Rockies and Plains by Monday evening but will continue to fall in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan through Tuesday.

In Minneapolis, which could get a foot or more of wind-whipped snow, residents braced for a hellish evening commute and rushed out to buy shovels…

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Winter Arriving in U.S. Ahead of Schedule Next Week

The remnants of Typhoon Nuri from the GOES satellite on Nov. 7, 2014.
The remnants of Typhoon Nuri from the GOES satellite on Nov. 7, 2014. NOAA/Reuters

A typhoon in Alaska will bring snow and freezing temperatures to central and eastern U.S.

Thanks to a typhoon that’s hitting Alaska, much of the rest of the U.S. could get very cold in the coming days.

Typhoon Nuri is bringing 50-foot waves and and hurricane-strength winds to the Aleutian Islands, likely causing cold and icy air to descend into the central and eastern parts of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. The temperatures will feel more like January than November.

“When a typhoon curves away from Asia, it causes the jet stream farther to the east across the Pacific and into North America to buckle days later,” AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Anderson told USA Today.

Snow will hit the northern parts of the Midwest, the Plains and the Rockies. Cities such as Chicago and St. Louis will see temperatures reach highs in the 30s. And while the East Coast and the South could get their fair share of cold temperatures, too, this weather pattern will bring some bursts of warm air to the West.

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Storm Stronger Than Sandy Heads for Alaska, Will Chill Much of U.S.

Super Typhoon Nuri weakens as it approaches mainland Japan
Super Typhoon Nuri. NASA

Expected to reach Alaska's western Aleutian Islands over the weekend

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy is expected to reach Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands over the weekend and bring unseasonably frigid temperatures to much of the U.S. next week, weather forecasters said Thursday. What remains of Typhoon Nuri is moving northeast from off the Japanese coast and is mixing with cold air and the jet stream, which will give it the power to produce hurricane-force winds and waves 50 feet high. It could arrive late Friday or Saturday before weakening in the Bering Sea, the National Weather Service said.

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Snow and Storm Winds Slam New England With Early Winter Blast

New England Patriots fans sit in seats coated by a light morning snow before an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos on Nov. 2, 2014, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
New England Patriots fans sit in seats coated by a light morning snow before an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos on Nov. 2, 2014, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Elise Amendola—AP

A wintry storm blasted New England on Sunday, dumping nearly two feet of snow in parts of Maine and knocking out power across the region. Cary, Maine, near the border with Canada, was blanketed by 21 inches of snow by Sunday evening, while Bangor reported nearly 15 inches, according to Weather.com, and the area could get more.

Maine’s governor declared a limited emergency after about 120,000 properties lost power, according to NBC station New England Cable News. Most of the state was under a winter storm warning, and Northern New England could expect snowfall well into the night, according to…

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Winter Comes Early to Northeast With Arctic Blast

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Heavy snow expected in parts of New England

An arctic blast that dumped historic early snow on parts of Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Georgia will bring a wintry storm to the Northeast on Sunday, forecasters said.

Strong winds and rain mixing with snow could lead to power outages, coastal flooding and breach erosion in southeast New England, including Boston, said the Weather Channel’s Michael Palmer.

Up to one foot of snow is expected in northern and eastern Maine before the storm moves into Maritime Canada on Sunday night and Monday.

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Snow Blankets Parts of South as Winter Weather Arrives Early

Halloween Storm
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Winter storm warnings, watches and winter weather advisories were posted for parts of the Appalachians and northern New England on Saturday as an arctic air mass brought the first snow of the season to some areas, The Weather Channel reported.

Up to 2.5 inches of snow coated grassy areas near Greenville, South Carolina, as well as Boone, North Carolina, early Saturday and two inches were reported in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jon Erdman, a senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel, said that accumulations were likely this weekend in the Appalachians from West Virginia to east Tennessee, western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina and northern New England…

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Eastern U.S. Set for Weekend Cold Snap, Record Lows

A car runs past fall foliage in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on Oct. 28, 2014.
A car runs past fall foliage in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on Oct. 28, 2014. Yin Bogu—Xinhua Press/Corbis

An arctic blast gave millions of people a real reason to shiver early Friday, bringing a deep chill to Halloween festivities from the Midwest and the Mississippi Valley through to the East Coast. Strong, freezing winds took hold across the Great Lakes and converted rain into the season’s first lake-effect snow. The southern Appalachians were also expected to get up to eight inches of snow by Saturday morning, forecasters said. Areas as far south as Miami faced record low temperatures this weekend.

“It’s certainly unusual,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer said. “It’s early for snow in many areas and…

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