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Government Warns of Severe Flooding Throughout US

Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Get your galoshes ready. Government forecasters said Thursday that almost half the country has an above average risk of flooding in the next few weeks. Warmer temperatures are melting the snow and storms forecast for coming weeks could make it worse with more rain and snow.

The highest spring flood risk?  The Red River between North Dakota and Minnesota, but rivers in Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, parts of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also facing a high risk of flooding.

Officials say many cities have a greater than 95 percent chance of flooding, including Fargo, North Dakota; St. Paul Minnesota; and Davenport, Mississippi.

According to the National Weather Service, floods are the deadliest weather events, claiming an average of 100 lives a year.

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Lowest Temperatures in Years Strike Midwest, Northeast

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Extreme snowfall has hit many parts of the country throughout this winter season, and now low temperatures that haven’t been felt in years are coming to cities around the nation.

The National Weather Service says the coldest temperatures in seven years will hit cities in the Northeast by Monday morning accompanied by wind chills that will dip the needle even lower. In the Midwest this weekend, temperatures are expected to be 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

Boston is expected to have its lowest temperatures in seven years, New York a low not seen in five years, and Philadelphia will have its coldest weather in two years. All three cities are expected to have temperatures around five degrees or colder.

Even on the coast of North Carolina, snowfall of up to seven inches has been reported.

Not everywhere is quite as cold, though. Strong winds in California will raise temperatures into the 80s in the southern part of the state.

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Tornadoes Touch Down with Deadly Force in New Year's Eve Tragedy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a week of extreme weather -- rain and mudslides in the West, blizzard conditions in the East -- it seemed the only thing missing was a tornado.

Friday there were at least 20. Six people were known killed.

From Arkansas to Missouri to Illinois, the funnel clouds came out of nowhere Friday in the worst outbreak of twisters on a New Year's Eve in 50 years.

In northwest Arkansas, a tornado obliterated a house and killed three people in the tiny town of Cincinnati. The violent weather then moved northeast into Missouri, killing three more before heading into Illinois.

In Sparta, Mo., Jessica Barnes and her three-year-old son were lucky to survive as a twister passed.

"I placed him in the tub first and then laid on top of him," Barnes said. "When we came to, he was actually on top of me and first thing he said was 'my house is broken.' There were some boards laying on top of us, and I somehow managed to get them off of me and then screamed out for help from my neighbors."

Tornadoes are extremely rare this time of year, but those that do occur are often deadlier because they move faster in the cold air, leaving less time for warnings.

Blizzard warnings were in effect Friday for parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas, according to the National Weather Service.

The central and northern Rockies and portions of the Midwest are under several winter storm watches and warnings.

On the Las Vegas strip Friday, people preparing to party were shivering from the cold. In Arizona, rare snow flurries dusted the desert around Phoenix, and the Denver area received about half a foot of snow overnight.

Blowing snow in North Dakota led to a massive pile-up Thursday along Interstate 94 west of Fargo. The chain reaction accident involved up to 100 cars and trucks.

In Arizona, a rare blizzard dumped a foot of snow on higher elevations and shut down Interstate 17 Thursday overnight.

Air and ground transportation systems across the country appear to be getting back on track, as millions of people prepared for the new year.

But there are plenty of trouble spots facing people from California to New York who're still recovering from the extreme weather conditions this past week.

In New York, neighborhoods are still digging out from the blizzard that hit the northeast Sunday and Monday in spite of the city's promise that all the streets would be plowed by now.

But travelers this holiday should have far smoother sailing than last weekend. Surveys show more Americans celebrate the new year at home.

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Stranded on New Year's Eve? You're Not Alone  

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of stranded travelers are going to have an unusual New Year's Eve thanks to winter storms in the Rockies, the Midwest and the fallout from last weekend's Northeast blizzard.

Blizzard warnings were in effect Friday for portions of Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of the Rockies and the Midwest were under some sort of winter storm watches and warnings Friday morning.

It's a similar story across the country as airlines rebooked stranded passengers on flights after the New Year. But those flying on New Year's Eve night shouldn't expect anything special. While Southwest encourages its flight attendants to have fun on New Year's Eve and wear hats and have noise makers, other airlines told ABC News they were simply focusing on getting everybody home. At least those on Virgin America's red eye and evening flights will get free drinks, according to spokeswoman Abby Lunardini.

Airports aren't doing much for travelers either. In fact, most will have limited retail options.

For instance, the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport will only have a McDonald's and Subway open when the clock strikes midnight. It will be a similar story in Denver where most of the airports concourses will be closed.

At least one hotel is throwing in something special for stranded travelers. New York's Buckingham Hotel is offereing people with flight delays of four hours or more the cost of their airport taxi ride (up to $50) taken off the current available room rate.

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Deadly Tornado Rips Through Arkansas Town

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CINCINNATI, Ark.) -- Three are dead in northwest Arkansas after a tornado touched down early Friday morning.

A spokesman for the National Weather Service said a single tornado swept through the town of Cincinnati, Ark.

"Extensive damage in that area," National Weather Service spokesman Joe Sellers told ABC News. "Homes, barns, vehicles toppled, and in fact, debris has been observed as far as 25 miles northeast of the town."

Meteorologists and emergency management personnel are on their way to the area to survey the damage.

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Fierce Winds Continue to Tear Through the Midwest

Photo Courtesy - ABC News, WLS-TV(NEW YORK) -- Violent winds continued to rip through the Midwest Tuesday.

Residents living in Midwestern states have experienced winds upwards of 70 mph, according to local media reports.

The National Weather Service now predicts "the development of widespread winds and a few tornadoes" for regions spanning the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys as well as the Great Lakes region throughout Wednesday.  Storms are also expected to reach the Lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Appalachians.

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