Winter Debuts With A Roar

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
This first full day of winter is putting much of the nation in a deep freeze.

A snow blown sidewalk is covered in snow once again as the snow continues falling, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, in Spokane, Wash., after a record breaking 17 inches fell over a 24 hour period. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Chicago (AP) This first full day of winter is putting much of the nation in a deep freeze.

Wind chills are well below zero in the Midwest. In Dayton, Ohio, this morning, the temperature was zero.

More than 100 Chicagoans spent the night in a city warming center.

In western New York, this morning’s blowing snow forced the closure of a 134-mile stretch of the state thruway from Rochester to the Pennsylvania border.

Indiana saw four fatalities on an icy toll road near New Carlisle and one man was killed on Interstate 94 west of Detroit in a series of pileups the engulfed 30 vehicles.

The National Weather Service says Bismarck, N.D., is on track to break a 1916 record for December snowfall. The city has had 19 inches so far. With 4 more expected tonight, the record 21.7 inches of snow could be shattered.

Even the Pacific Northwest isn’t being spared. Seattle is expecting 4 inches of fresh snow this morning.

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