Winter Storms Grip the Nation

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    Dec. 24, 2008: Meredith Hills waits for a Metrolink train at Union station in downtown Los Angeles, en route to spend the holidays with her family in San Bernadino, Calif.

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    Dec. 23, 2008: Sydney Cochran, right, of Chicago, and her granddaughter Ayana Cochran, under blanket, try to stay warm as they wait for their train to Rochester, N.Y. at Union Station in Chicago. Their train was supposed to leave in the afternoon on Dec. 22 and they spent the night in the station's cold waiting room with little information from Amtrak officials.

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    Dec. 23, 2008: Barbara and Don Seifert of Prophetstown, Ill. try to stay warm as they wait for their train to Rochester, N.Y. at Union Station in Chicago. Their train was supposed to leave at 4:00 p.m. Dec. 22 and they spent the night in the station's cold waiting room with little information from Amtrak officials.

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    Dec. 23, 2008: An Alaska Airlines flight takes off from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Passengers traveling to and from the state of Alaska were particularly affected by a series of storms in the Seattle area and a shortage of airplane de-icing fluid that caused hundreds of flights serving the state to be either delayed or cancelled during the past week.

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    Dec. 22, 2008: Travelers delayed at Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. Travelers encountered delays and cancellations due to bad weather in parts of the United States and Canada.

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    Dec. 22, 2008: A horse stands in snow up to its belly from a second snowstorm in East Montpelier, Vt.

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    Dec. 22, 2008: Furie McManus, left, and Lilli Lenz shovel out from a second snowstorm in Montpelier, Vt.

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    Dec. 21, 2008: Hundreds wait for hours to return to the Alaska Airlines counter to get a new booking after their flights were canceled due to weather at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Two runways are operational at SeaTac Airport, but airlines are canceling many flights. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says hundreds of people are stranded waiting for their next flight.

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    Dec. 19, 2008: Snow collects on the branches of the Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

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    Dec. 19, 2008: A man makes his way on a snow covered Greenfield street near 10 mile road in Oak Park, Mich.

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    Dec. 19, 2008: A couple walks beneath a colorful umbrella during a snowstorm in New York.

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    Dec. 18, 2008: Marisa Erskine hefts her dog, Denali, over a snow-covered wall after the pooch leapt over as they walked during a snow storm.

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    Dec. 18, 2008: A snowboarder heads down a side street and past snowed-in cars in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood during a snow storm.

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    Dec. 18, 2008: Song Evans of University Place, Wash., walks with a red umbrella under a dusky gray sky along the Puget Sound near Titlow Beach in Tacoma, Wash.

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    Dec. 18, 2008: Pharmaceutical student Tyler Fischback shovels snow in the driveway of a house he shares with two other students in Spokane, Wash., after a record breaking 17 inches of snow fell over a 24-hour period.

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    Dec. 18, 2008: Trucks parked along south-bound Interstate 15 at Roy Rogers Drive waited until roads could be cleared in Victorville, Calif. after heavy snowstorms blanketed the area.

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    Dec. 18, 2008: Traffic is backed up on Interstate 5 because of ice conditions in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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    Dec. 17, 2008: Pedestrians brave the elements in Adelanto, Calif. as the High Desert experienced a day of heavy snow.

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    Dec. 17, 2008: Boo-Boo watches his owner, Vinny Green clean snow off of a friend's home during a snowstorm Wednesday morning along Highway 30 in Fawnskin, Calif near Big Bear.

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    Dec. 17, 2008: A California Highway Patrol vehicle drives up a road in the Angeles Crest area of La Canada, Calif.

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    Dec. 17, 2008: Brandon Beck, a resident of nearby Oak Park who has experienced snow in the area before, watches as as snow, driven by high winds, accumulates on his jacket and mailboxes at the summit of Latigo Canyon Road in the hills above Malibu, Calif.

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    Dec. 17, 2008: Snow falls on the infamous Vegas sign.

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    Dec. 17, 2008: Las Vegas News Bureau, snow covers the sides and sphinx of the Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.

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    Dec. 16, 2008: A biker carries his skis while riding in Crested Butte, Colo., after a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the area.

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    Dec. 16, 2008: Mike Ferry of Cincinnati, Ohio, throws a shovel full of snow at a rental apartment in Crested Butte, Colo. More then a foot of snow fell throughout the night in the area as a winter snow warning advisory for southwestern Colorado- Rocky Mountains was posted by the National Weather Service.

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    Dec. 16, 2008: Bus driver Marianne Delany of the REJ1 Gunnison Colorado School District sweeps the snow off one of the vehicles after a foot of snow fell overnight.

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    Dec. 16, 2008: Elana Pheros of Crested Butte, Colo., shovels a path through the snowbank to the street.

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    Dec. 16, 2008: A holiday season mega-snowstorm creates a winter wonderland in Colorado and elsewhere across the nation.