Bitter Cold Pushes to Northeast U.S., Europe

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WASHINGTON - The massive snowstorm that has buried much of the Midwest is pushing into the Northeast Friday. The snow could pile as high as 12 inches in parts of the country.

The Northeast awoke to a fresh dusting of snow where temperatures are expected to hover around freezing into the weekend. In New England, residents are preparing for single digit temperatures Saturday morning.

The extreme cold is making some every day tasks like pumping gas painful. And in some cases, it has been deadly with cases of hypothermia and exposure reported, along with vehicle crashes due to ice and snow.

In parts of the South, it is what motorists cannot see that is causing problems as black ice is making travel treacherous.

Meanwhile in Oregon, a man had trouble standing as winds gusted at 100 miles per hour. And the wind chill in North Dakota created conditions that felt like 52 degrees below zero this week.

The cold wave is not limited to the United States either.

The story is the same in Europe. Residents in remote rural areas are having a hard time digging out. And those who can get out are facing travel delays due to single digit temperatures and snow.

How long can will the deep freeze last?

According to Accuweather, the plains will feel relief next week with near normal temperatures in the 30s and 40s. That is a heat wave for some regions. But forecasters warn winter is far from over.

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