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Bitter Cold, More Snow Expected Across U.S. After Record-Breaking Christmas


Large snow totals and frigid temperatures are forecast across the United States for the rest of the week, after some places saw record snow for Christmas.

Snow has piled up across the northern swath of the country — from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes — as a winter weather system interacts with an arctic boundary — causing record-breaking snow totals, hazardous travel conditions and dangerous wind chills.

East of Lakes Erie and Ontario, as many as 4 feet of snow are expected through the middle of the week, and low-elevation snow is causing hazardous travel in western Washington and Oregon, according to the National Weather Service.

This month has been Pennsylvania’s snowiest ever — and the city of Erie recorded its snowiest Christmas Day ever, with 34 inches.

As far as temperatures, Chicago and Minneapolis saw their coldest Christmas since 1996 — and Duluth, Minn., broke a temperature record that dated to 1933.

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