Frigid, snowy weather for much of U.S.

Dec. 21, 2008 at 9:32 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- It's going to look a lot like Christmas over much of the northern United States, forecasters said Sunday, with frigid, snowy weather in store for the region.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists said a dangerous combination of bitterly cold air and gusty winds will swoop into the East Monday behind the weekend storms. Another storm pummeling the Northwest with a treacherous mix of heavy snow and ice will invade the Midwest by Tuesday and the East by Christmas Eve Day.

The storm that plodded into the Northeast Saturday night was expected to keep dumping heavy snow and even produce blizzard conditions across parts of northern New England Sunday night before departing into the Canadian Maritimes by Monday morning. Power outages were possible, AccuWeather.com said.

The Midwest is expected to see nasty weather by Tuesday. The storm is dumping heavy snow and could produce blizzard conditions across parts of northern New England, AccuWeather.com said.

"There's going to be a lot of snow and a lot of cold," said John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, told The New York Times. "But at least it will be over pretty quickly."

It was so cold in Minnesota Sunday night organizers called off the last holiday season parade before Christmas in downtown Minneapolis, officials said.

The final Target Holidazzle Parade was canceled because the wind chill -- the actual temperature when the wind is factored in -- was 20 degrees below zero or colder, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. It was the ninth weather cancellation in the parade's 17-year history, the newspaper said.

On the West Coast, Seattle received 4 to 7 inches of snow, the Times said.

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