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Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US

Philadelphia gets a record 8 inches
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US
A person walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, as rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain affected most of the Mid-Atlantic region on Sunday and into Monday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN. Yesterday, 2,800 flights were canceled, the AP reports; today, the number is almost 1,500. Meanwhile, Anchorage, Alaska, is seeing warmer temperatures than St. Louis; the Midwest has wind chills of 40 degrees below zero; and Philadelphia had a daily record snowfall of about eight inches yesterday (another one to three could come tomorrow), requiring snowblowers during an Eagles-Lions game.

Federal agencies had two-hour delayed openings in Washington, which could see another three to five inches tomorrow, NBC News notes. Some 20,000 remain without power around Dallas-Fort Worth. At least seven people have died in connection with the storms in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas, mostly in car accidents. New Jersey saw two killed in a road accident; the Pennsylvania Turnpike suffered a 50-car pileup in the wake of a fatal accident. Forty were injured in a New York pileup. "It will be quite a 48 hours" for the Northeast, says a meteorologist. (More snow stories.)

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