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Winter-Like Weather Grips Much of the Nation

Photo Courtesy - WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, N.C.(NEW YORK) -- Much of the nation is feeling a touch of winter, leaving parts of the Midwest blanketed with snow before autumn has officially ended.

A fierce winter storm plowed through at least 12 states, spreading snow, sleet and slush from the Dakotas to as far south as North Carolina.

The storm created havoc with the nation’s air traffic control. More than 300 flights were canceled at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

Winter is still days away, but even the southeast is feeling the effects of this winter blast, with Raleigh and Asheville, N.C., getting several inches.

At least a foot of snow has fallen in Minneapolis, while parts of the Ohio Valley have seen up to nine inches. Chicago clocked in at five inches.

A deep freeze is settling in across the entire half of the country as a cold front dips down from Canada, bringing with it temperatures 20 degrees below normal from the Mississippi, east.

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