Alaskan Town Buried Under 20 Feet of Snow

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While much of the country hasn't felt Old Man Winter's icy touch yet this season, conditions in one Alaskan town may be a sign of what's soon to come.

Although many cities across the U.S. exhausted their winter weather budgets last year, many of those budgets remain untouched in 2012, leaving some people wondering if winter has taken the year off.

"I don't even think you can call this winter since it's been so hot," one person said.

"This winter is pretty insane. I don't think it's ever been as hot," another person remarked.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1,700 record highs have already been set this winter, and only 16 percent of the country is covered by snow.

While many wonder when the snow will begin to fly, some residents of Alaska are wondering if it will ever end.

The Last Frontier State is accustomed to tough winters, but no one was prepared for the 20 feet of snow that has fallen in some areas, holding residents captive in their own homes.

The community of Cordova has been buried under mounds of snow since November.

"Cordova needs all the help they can get right now," one resident said.

The town has ordered an emergency shipment of heavy-duty "snow scoops," and the Alaska National Guard has been mobilized to help the town dig out out before the next storm hits.

"This is an opportunity for us just to show the true mission of the National Guard," guards officials said.

Next in line for some serious snow is the Midwest region of the country, according to the National Weather Service.

In Denver, a 60 degree Tuesday did little to prepare commuters for the snowstorm that hit during rush hour on Wednesday.

"It's very slick," one Denver resident observed. "Traffic is slow. It's awful, slushy and then my windshield wipers are not working."

"Lots of people sliding, hitting the curbs. It was bad," said another Denver resident.

The system is now heading towards the Great Lakes region where forecasters predict the first significant snowfall of the season.

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