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More extreme winter weather wallops Northeast, Midwest

By this morning, a foot of snow was already on the ground across much of Eastern Massachusetts, and 20 inches had already fallen in some coastal areas. Much of the Midwest also suffered through extreme cold last night and this morning. Another winter storm, Octavia, is expected to bring snow and ice to about a dozen states tonight and tomorrow...from Missouri to Virginia.

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  • IVETTE FELICIANO:

    By this morning, a foot of snow was already on the ground across much of Eastern Massachusetts, and 20 inches had already fallen in some coastal areas.

    The conditions were further complicated by strong winds that started last night and continued into today. This local ABC reporter in Boston was barely able to stand.

    It is now officially the snowiest February in the history of the city. As of this morning, 52.5 inches have fallen this month, and more than  7 feet of snow has fallen there this winter.

  • BOSTON MAN:

    What can you do? it’s mother nature. you wait, again, hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

  • IVETTE FELICIANO:

    More than 1,800 airline flights have been canceled across the United States today, many into and out of Boston’s Logan International Airport.

    The city also has halted rail, bus and ferry service.

    Making things even more difficult, walls of snow – 6 feet or higher – left over from earlier storms. Though the snow fall finally let up this afternoon, drifting is causing major visibility problems.

  • GOVERNOR BAKER:

    We still have wind gusts that are in the 40 and 50 mile an hour range, this very light snow is going to continue to blow around a lot. And as a result these roads that may have been plowed recently will start to look pretty quickly like they haven’t been plowed.

  • IVETTE FELICIANO:

    Boston is hardly the only place dealing with extreme weather.

    Bone chilling temperatures are also expected throughout New England tonight, with wind chills early this evening forecast to be -13 in Providence, -16 in Boston, -26 in Concord, New Hampshire, and -32 west of Augusta, Maine.

  • ALLAN TUFANKJIAN, SCITUATE, MA RESIDENT:

    If I saw one day that was above freezing, I’d be very happy. But I don’t see, I looked seven days ahead and every single day, the highest temperature I can see is 26 degrees (Fahrenheit) (-3 degrees Celsius). That is disappointing.

  • IVETTE FELICIANO:

    Thousands in the east have already lost power because of high winds.

    Much of the Midwest also suffered through extreme cold last night and this morning.

    Another winter storm, Octavia, is expected to bring snow and ice to about a dozen states tonight and tomorrow…from Missouri to Virginia.

    Snowy conditions in Ohio yesterday caused a series of accidents, including one that killed two people.

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