Massive U.S. winter storm snarls traffic for Christmas

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Tens of millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages, flash flooding and canceled holiday plans from a winter storm that forecasters said was nearly unprecedented in its scope, exposing about 60% of the U.S. population to some sort of winter weather advisory or warning just days before Christmas.

So far, at least 19 deaths related to the storm have been confirmed across the country. Of those, eight people died in weather-related crashes in Ohio, state highway patrol confirmed to CBS News Friday night, including four who were killed in a multi-car pileup involving around 50 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike.

Near whiteout conditions were reported in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, while flash flooding inundated communities across several Northeast states and downed power lines in others.

On Saturday morning, New York State Police tweeted a warning regarding hazardous conditions on the roads.

“STAY OFF THE ROADS! Search and rescue is going extremely slow due to the blizzard. Roads were not maintained last night due to zero visibility,” they tweeted.


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