Winter Weather Arrives

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 3:42pm

Bitterly cold temperatures grip much of the United States.

Winter has finally arrived in parts of the country that are usually weeks into the season by now.

The bitter cold blowing over the Great Lakes region is also producing tons of snow, and the system is dipping into the deep south.

A frigid blast blew into the northeast with near white-out conditions from Michigan to Pennsylvania.

In Buffalo the system is expected to dump as much as two feet of snow, putting an abrupt halt to the area's snow drought.

In New York City, only flurries are in a forecast that calls for bitter cold tonight into Wednesday.

Multi-car pileups were common across the region.

One Monday near Indianapolis injured several people.

There was snow as far south as Georgia, too, a dusting in the mountains but enough to make roads too dangerous for school buses.

The winter blast will be brief for the northeast.

Highs in the 50s are predicted for the weekend.

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