1. Severe Weather

    Snowstorm Slams Midwest

    Zach Stead and his dog Tucker brave high winds, blowing snow and freezing temperatures while walking outside Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. The first widespread snowstorm of the season crawled across the Midwest on Thursday, with whiteout conditions stranding holiday travelers and sending drivers sliding over slick roads, including into a fatal 25-vehicle pileup in Iowa. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Seth Perlman/AP

    The first widespread snow storm of the season slammed the Midwest on Thursday, with six deaths being attributed to the storm as it made its way toward the East Coast early Friday. The storm canceled flights, caused power outages, and led to a 25-vehicle accident in Iowa, which killed two people. The storm also caused traffic deaths in Nebraska, Kansas, and Wisconsin; one woman died in Utah after walking to get help when her car became trapped in the snow. Tens of thousands of were left without power in Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. Twisters formed in Arkansas and Alabama, destroying some houses. Airlines have canceled 1,000 flights, though this is a relatively minor figure compared to previous storms.

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