Deep Freeze Takes Hold of Midwest, East Coast

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A deep freeze has taken hold from Iowa to Florida, with 17 states currently under a cold snap.  For some areas, that means temperatures will be 20 degrees lower than normal.

"It is freezing," Florida resident Tracy Shelton said. "I'm layered. I have on a hooded shirt, a turtleneck, two shirts under that."
   
The cold weather comes as much of the Great Lakes region was digging out from its first major snowstorm of the season. 

Roughly 15 inches of the frozen precipitation buried Buffalo, Minn. last week, and more snow has been forecast for the area this week.
    
Snow has already delayed or grounded more than 300 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

"The connecting flight was delayed, so I waited for quite a long time.  I just decided to spend the night here," one traveler said.

Other areas were also getting their fair share of the cold and snow. Lexington, Ky. has already seen two inches of snow.

The National Weather Service also reported a foot of snow fell on Hutchinson, Minn. - almost twice the amount that fell in Minneapolis.  Madison, Wis. received approximately 3 to 5 inches of the frozen precipitation.  Even areas of North Carolina received a light dusting of the white stuff.

"It's part of an overall pattern that will be very cold for not only several days, but perhaps for the next 2 to 3 weeks," AccuWeather meteorologist Joe Bastardi explained.
    
For many residents on the East Coast, that means preparing for a very cold and possibly snowy Christmas.

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