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A major winter storm that has brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season to the Midwest is now barreling its way towards New England and the rest of the east, causing chaos on the roads and in the sky.
Nearly 5,000 flights were canceled on Sunday in anticipation of the -35F arctic winds projected to sweep across the nation.
National - Weather - Service - Winter - Storm
The National Weather service has issued winter storm warnings for 15 different states, spanning from southeast Missouri to the top of Maine and effecting more than 100 million people.
The storm - named Harper - has been triggered by the clashing of an Arctic high pressure system with a low pressure system in the Ohio Valley, according to meteorologist Dan Hofmann.
Population - Area - Hofmann
'It happens that this one is going through a relatively high population area,' Hofmann said.
Northern New England is expected to see up to two feet of snow, which will be followed Sunday night by bitter cold and wind chills as low as -35 in parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.
Inches - Region - Sunday - Morning
Several inches have already fallen the region, as of Sunday morning.
Parts of upstate New York also saw 11 inches of snow fall over night, the Weather Channel say.
Chaos - New - Englanders - Fruits - Storm
Amid the chaos though, some New Englanders have embraced the fruits of the storm.
Nicholas Nicolet and his 6-year-old son Rocco got outside early Sunday morning in Montpelier, Vermont, as they cross-country skied on the city's snow-clad sidewalks.
Nicolet - Son
'We think it's great,' said Nicolet, who rushed to get outside with his son at 7 am.
The squall saw 10 inches of snow dumped on parts of the Midwest on Saturday.
Southwest - Airlines - Flight - People - Runway
A Southwest Airlines flight carrying 150 people skidded from the runway at Nebraska's Eppley Airfield on January 18, after freezing temperatures caused an icy slick to form on the tarmac.
No injuries were reported...
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