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Deadly winter storm brings blizzards and dangerous wind chills to much of the U.S.

Travel will be “extremely dangerous” and “at times impossible” where whiteout conditions occur, the National Weather Service said.

Dangerously cold wind chills will freeze much of the eastern two-thirds of the country as a monstrous winter storm continues to wreak havoc through the holiday weekend, forecasters have warned.

Blizzards and an Arctic blast will impact the Midwest to the Northeast, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin Saturday, adding that travel will be “extremely dangerous” and “at times impossible” where whiteout conditions occur. 

The storm has already claimed the lives of multiple people, and hundreds of thousands have been left without power. Holiday travelers have encountered delays and cancellations.

What to know

  • At least 28 people have died in weather-related fatalities. The deaths occurred in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, New York, Colorado and Michigan.
  • The life-threatening cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills will create a potentially life-threatening hazard for travelers who become stranded, forecasters have warned.
  • The severe weather is causing travel chaos across the U.S.
  • The arctic blast is expected to continue into Christmas Day but lessen in severity, according to the National Weather Service.

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