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New Winter Storm Picks Up Speed

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Midwest is bracing for yet more winter weather.  Parts of the region surpassed their annual snowfall records just last month, and now those areas could get another foot of snow.
Monday night into early Tuesday, Minneapolis is expected to get somewhere between six and 10 inches.

Just south and east of the Wisconsin area, northeast Iowa and western and northern Illinois are expecting somewhere closer to a foot. Areas near Chicago could see snow hitting the six to 10-inch mark when it's all said and done.

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As Nation Digs Out, Even More Snow On the Way

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- While communities from the Midwest to the Northeast and even the Southern U.S. are digging out after a massive storm blanketed much of the country, the Northeast is now bracing for more snow over the weekend.

Two storm systems will combine into one and bring light snow to the major cities in the Northeast.  Most areas will see 1-3 inches of snow with isolated amounts of four inches in the higher elevations Saturday morning from Philadelphia to New York and into New England.

This week's winter blast is accounting for at least 15 deaths -- most of them on the nation's roads.

"This is really bad out here.  I see accidents everywhere.  There are police everywhere.  It's no joke," an Ohio woman told ABC's Good Morning America.

New England was hit with heavy snowfall this week.  In Woodford, Vt., 21 inches of snow was recorded, while Burlington, Vt., got over 13 inches and Ashfield, Mass., saw 15 inches.

Mother Nature also came through Ohio this week, bringing whiteout conditions, and in Arkansas, power poles snapped.  In southern Illinois, a pickup truck struggled just to clear a path.  As the storm moved east, Pennsylvania got walloped, too.

The storm also wreaked havoc in the skies, causing a total of 774 flight cancellations on Thursday.  

On New York's Long Island, a Southwest Airlines plane veered off the taxiway getting stuck in the mud.  Officials say no one was hurt.

"We just taxied off the taxiway into the grass," the pilot said.

Just outside the snow zone, in Sea Bright, N.J. -- a town already battered by Hurricane Sandy -- the streets were flooded again.

In Syracuse, N.Y., many are trying to get their lives back to normal, but much colder weather is anticipated to follow next week and into the new year for the Eastern U.S.

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Holiday Storm Dumps Snow on Northeast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The powerful winter storm that pounded the Midwest is expected to drop more than a foot of snow on some parts of the Northeast, bringing more travel plans to a screeching halt with high winds, snow and sleet.

Overnight, the storm dropped close to a foot of snow in Buffalo, N.Y., and nine inches in Rochester, N.Y., while 7.5 inches were reported in Indianapolis -- the most snow in four years.  Anywhere from one to more than three inches of rain fell from Washington, D.C., to Boston, as wind gusts as strong as 74 mph blew in New Jersey.

The rain is expected to subside on Thursday, with wind gusts near 60 mph remaining.  But snow showers will continue in upstate New York and into northern New England, where more than a foot of snow could fall.

As of Thursday morning, more than 150,000 customers from Texas to Maine were without power because of the storm.  More than 130,000 of those power outages have been reported in Arkansas.

Six people have died, mostly in weather-related car crashes.  

Thirteen states remain under winter storm warnings, blizzard warnings and advisories, down from 18 during the height of the storm.

More than 350 flights nationwide have already been canceled on Thursday, down from the 1,777 flights that were canceled on Wednesday, according to  The majority of the cancellations are in the Northeast, which is experiencing the brunt of the storm as it moves out to sea.

That frustration is even boiling over into the cockpit.  One American Airlines pilot was clearly fed up after waiting for five hours to take off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday.

"It's beyond reproach.  I have no words to tell you how sorry I am for all of this. Decisions are being made way above our heads by people that obviously, in my humble opinion, don't have a clue what they're doing," the pilot said to passengers on the plane.

Passengers on that plane told ABC News affiliate WFAA that the flight never left the gate on its trip to Las Vegas.

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Severe Winter Weather Upends Holiday Travel Plans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Snow, wind and rain have disrupted holiday travel plans across the Midwest, South and Northeast over the past two days, prompting reports of 200 severe weather incidents and four tornadoes.

Lashing winds and blowing snow stretched from Nebraska to Michigan overnight, shutting down major highways across the region as drivers struggled to stay on the road.  At least 1,000 accidents have been reported, with one north of Des Moines, Iowa, where at least 25 vehicles slammed into each other.  There were so many accidents in Iowa that the National Guard was called in to help motorists, including pre-teen Isaac Wilson.

"The U.S. Army came and put us in this really fancy truck, and we got blankets and snacks and drove all the way here," Wilson of Millard, Iowa, told ABC News.

Two tornadoes reportedly touched down in Arkansas, while one was reported in Alabama and another in Florida.  The most significant damage was from a tornado in Mobile, Ala., with winds of 86 to 110 mph and a path length of 7 miles.

Severe storms have moved off shore on Friday and the Southeast and the Gulf Coast are expected to dry out.

Up to 20 inches of snow fell in Madison, Wis., while up to 14 inches fell in Iowa.  Madison, Dubuque, Iowa, and Des Moines all had daily record snowfall on Thursday.  The University of Wisconsin cancelled some final exams.

In Chicago, the rain finally changed to snow, but the precipitation has almost ended, so less than a half an inch of snow has accumulated at O'Hare Airport.  Still, there were 600 flight cancellations reported on Thursday, as people struggle with pre-Christmas travel.

Snow is coming to an end in Chicago, and most of the Midwest.  A few more inches are still possible for Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Thirteen states from Iowa to Maine are under winter weather watches, warnings and advisories.

In the Northeast, high-wind warnings have been posted for major cities, from Washington, D.C., to New York and Boston, with some minor damage and power outages possible.

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Winter Storm Batters the Rockies, Midwest

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- As millions prepare to hit the roads or skies ahead of Christmas Day, a winter storm is plowing through several parts of the country Thursday morning, threatening to hamper many travelers' plans.

Nearly 20 inches of snow has already been reported in Colorado, just west of Denver, while in Des Moines, Iowa, a foot of the white stuff has accumulated.

Fifteen states are currently under winter storm watches or warnings, with blizzard warnings in effect for seven states.

The storm is expected to strengthen as it moves over Chicago on Thursday, changing rain to snow there and dumping up to a half a foot in the Windy City.

The system will move eastward Thursday night, spreading rain into the Northeast, with some areas from Washington, D.C., to Boston getting up to 3 inches.  Cold air will then come in from behind the storm Friday night, changing rain to snow in western Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and West Virginia, where 3 to as much as 14 inches could accumulate in the highest elevations.

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Winter Storm Brings Second Major Snowfall of Year to Northeast

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The second major winter storm of the season rolled into the Northeast today causing some dangerous driving conditions and headaches for many airport travelers.

The storm, is dumping up to 6 inches of snow in Chicago earlier in the week, is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches in New York City and the surrounding area, with 4 inches expected in Philadelphia, and up to 7 inches in parts of Massachusetts, according to forecasters.

More than 1,500 snow plows were out in New York City this morning, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said Saturday that the city was faring well during its first major snowfall of the year.

"The snow storm does not, at the moment anyway, seem to be as severe as we predicted," Bloomberg said.

Officials said crews in Pennsylvania and New Jersey began salting the roads around midnight and started to plow shortly after.

Many airports in the region are experiencing delays and flight cancellations, the worst of those at New York's LaGuardia and Philadelphia International according to the Federal Aviation Administration. reports nearly 800 flights across the country have been cancelled.

By mid-morning, much of the snow throughout the region turned to sleet, and forecasters said, with a slight warm-up expected in the afternoon, refreezing of the roads tonight could cause some major problems for drivers.

Officials in Seattle said they are now dealing with flooding after the snow and ice brought by the storm began melting.

Parts of the Northeast saw their first significant snowfall in October, cutting off power to more than 3 million homes and businesses throughout New England.

The worst of those outages in Connecticut where some were without power for more than a week.

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Winter Storm Expected in the Northeast

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A winter storm that started falling on Friday has caused many flights to be cancelled in the northeast and Midwest.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday due to the snow storm. A winter weather advisory is in effect in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

In New York 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected for Saturday and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said city crews are already out salting roads.

A mix of rain and snow is expected in the nation's capitol and Philadelphia.

More than 700 flights have been cancelled nationwide due to the snow storm.

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Seattle Snowstorm: City to Receive Less Snow Than Forecasted

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle residents are bracing for a snowstorm that is expected to leave a messy commute Wednesday morning.

Forecasters downgraded their initial predictions of at least 8 to 12 inches of snow to hit the Pacific Northwest city to about 4 to 7 inches of snow instead.

Typically, Seattle sees about 5.9 inches of snow in a year.

Either way, authorities on Tuesday prepared to deal with the snowstorm’s impact.

“We want to make sure we get the road network opened up so we can maintain critical services like health care.  We can get people to dialysis,” said Grant Tietje, Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center.

Authorities are concerned over the accumulation of snow which could topple power lines and block roads.

Lawrence Eichhorn of the Seattle Department of Transportation said they’ll be working closely with other agencies to keep the roads open, “to make sure our resources are at the right place at the right time.  And that’s really been a huge difference from previous snow response.”

Scott Sistek, a meteorologist for said Tuesday that, “it doesn’t really matter if this storm is a record-breaker, it will have the same effect.”

“This is a city with a limited number of plows and a population that is not used to driving in the snow,” Sistek said.

The worst snowstorm the city has seen was in 1974 when 9.8 inches of the white stuff fell.

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Midwest Winter Storm Causes Messy Commute; Moves Eastward

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Just when Americans thought they finally had a break from winter weather, a snowstorm stretching across the upper Midwest and heading eastward has forced the cancelation of more than 1,000 flights and caused travel hazards throughout roadways in the country.

In Minnesota, drivers struggled to get around Sunday in whiteout conditions that caused hundreds of fender benders and spin-outs.  The majority of the state is under either a blizzard warning or winter storm warning, and the Minneapolis area could see up to 15 inches of snow by Monday afternoon.

In western Wisconsin, a string of accidents occurred Sunday along Interstate 94, where cars collided, spun out or got stuck in snow-covered ditches.  Most of the state remains under a winter storm warning and another 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible by Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Over in Michigan, drivers from Grand Rapids to Detriot had to stop their vehicles Sunday to clear their windshields as the storm moved in and rapidly diminished visibility.  Across the state, plows and salt trucks were out, trying to stay ahead of the rapidly deteriorating road conditions.  A winter storm warning remains in Michigan, where 6 to 10 inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere, in the Northeast, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect until late Monday.  In New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Rhode Island up to four inches of snow are expected to fall, while the western parts of New York and Pennsylvania could see about half a foot of snow.

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Winter Storms Leave Streets Across US Filled with Potholes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winter storms have brought rain, ice and snow across the U.S. since December, filling streets with potholes and costing drivers hundreds in repairs.

In New York City, repair crews have patched more than 45,000 potholes since the first major snow storm struck the area the day after Christmas.

In Seattle, the city's pothole patrol has already filled in over 6,000 holes this winter, but they still have more to go.

"We currently have a back log of about 200 potholes," said patrol employee Will McMurtry.

Over in Los Angeles, 16,000 potholes have been fixed since rains poured down on the city beginning in December.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, up to 15 crews a day are working solely to patch up the city's potholes.  The city's Department of Transportation says it's "using a cold temporary patch mix...but it gets the job done it seals the hole."

Drivers who run over potholes could face costly repair fees.  Blown out tires caused by a shallow pothole can cost over $150 to be replaced.  Running over larger potholes could break mufflers and damage suspension systems, costing drivers as much as $500 and $2000, respectively.

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