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Winter Wallop

Bitter cold, snow and ice blanket much of the Mid Atlantic and Northeast region toady.
(NBC News) More than 90 million people across the Midwest and Northeast were bracing for a major snowstorm and blizzard-like conditions, followed by dangerous, bone-chilling cold that could sap the melting power of salt and threaten lives.

"It's going to be brutal," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said of the expected sub-zero temperatures. "People that are vulnerable are really going to be hurting."

While the immediate focus was on snow -- with up to 10 inches possible in New York City, possibly 18 inches burying New England, and more than 1,800 flights canceled -- the cold behind the snowstorm could be crippling. 

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