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Northeastern U.S. prepares for 'historic' storm

New York City - As much as three feet of snow is expected Monday and Tuesday along a 250-mile stretch of the U.S. northeast coast as a massive winter storm brings enough heavy winds and driving snow to potentially shut down several of the nation's greatest cities.

Mom was right, it is best to wrap up warm in the winter

Wrap up warm or you’ll catch a cold is a common saying. There may be an element of truth to this for the cold causing virus is more virulent in cold temperatures when compared with warmer ones.

Rare help gets Saint Petersburg homeless through winter

Saint Petersburg - In his seven years spent living rough around Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, Valera has lost his girlfriend and four fingers to the brutal winter weather.

Winter Survival Kits to be distributed to Toronto homeless Special

Toronto - Around 100 volunteers will be preparing 3000 winter survival kits at a warehouse in Caledonia Road, Toronto, to distribute to agencies in the GTA this Saturday.

Top tips to avoid frostbite Special

In the northern hemisphere many regions carry the risk of frostbite as the wintry weather moves towards its peak. Digital Journal has heard from a leading dermatologist about some top tips for avoiding frostbite.

Brutal weather forces homeless people off the street in east

Huntsville - Got homeless? The eastern U.S. has stumbled upon one way to solve the problem, short of actually spending enough money, that is; winter.

Syria refugees suffer bitter cold of Lebanon winter

- With just blankets to shield them against the icy wind and rain, Abu Ali's family huddles in a flimsy tent in Lebanon -- among the thousands of Syrian refugees struggling as winter sets in.

Gusty winds, snowfall in forecast as storm spans U.S. and Canada

Minneapolis - Extended swaths of Minnesota, and other portions of the upper United States, are bracing Monday for up to a foot of snow left by a large system that stretches well into Canada.

More men who are left-handed are born during the winter

Researchers found a correlation between winter-births and left handedness, where up to 9 percent of all those born in winter months are left handed.

Man arrested for operating snowmobile in June while intoxicated

Lansing - A Michigan man faces charges for crashing his snowmobile while under the influence. The lack of winter weather conditions and the temperatures in the mid-80s didn't deter the man from trying to pull off this snow job.

Rock salt damages butterflies

The use of rock salt during the winter season can damage butterflies and other roadside developing invertebrates. While a moderate rise in sodium can have some seeming benefits.

Op-Ed: Are Canadians living up to the hashtag #WeAreWinter? Special

Olympic fever is in the air, and Twitter is abuzz with nationalistic hashtags like #GoCanadaGo and #WeAreWinter. But are the ordinary Canadians who rally their athletes in Sochi really the winter enthusiasts the media would have the world believe?

Ice storm holds East Coast hostage, again

New York - Just when folks on the East Coast thought things could not get any worse this winter, Mother Nature proved them wrong with a blast of cold, ice and snow. Add to that, predictions of a longer winter.

Could pizza herb prevent winter vomiting disease?

Need an excuse to order pizza? Scientists have found that carvacrol — the substance in oregano oil that gives the pizza herb its distinctive warm, aromatic smell and flavour — is effective against the winter vomiting bug.

Advice for travelers attending the winter Olympics

Moscow - Health agencies have offered advice for those planning to brave the chilly temperatures and attend the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Warming up with Canada's first ever hot chocolate festival

Well, the groundhog spotting its own shadow may be a bummer, as the furry forecaster predicts a long winter, but why not warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at participating vendors in this year's first ever national Hot Chocolate Festival?

Ice On Whyte Festival survives warm snap Special

Edmonton - The annual Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona neighbourhood began last weekend, during an unseasonably warm snap during which temperatures rose well above zero celcius.

How do animals survive the winter?

The winter has been particularly severe this year, especially the "polar vortex" in North America. While many people have shivered and coped, spare a though for the animal kingdom. How do they get through the frosty months?

Top tips to cope with the U.S. winter

The severe weather affecting the U.S. has been widely reported. To help those affected, the U.S. CDC has provided some advice on dealing with the wintery conditions.

Polar vortex: Midwest deep freeze disrupts business, travel, life

As an arctic blast bore down on the U.S. Midwest this week, residents experienced the coldest temperatures the area has seen in 20 years.

Norovirus outbreak limits visiting at Vancouver hospital

Vancouver - Called the "winter vomiting disease," the virus spreads quickly through hospitals, and other places where people are in close contact for prolonged periods of time. Now Vancouver, Canada is being hit hard by the sickness.

Winnipeg deep freeze colder than Mars

Winnipeg - Colder than the North Pole and even Mars, Winnipeg, Canada rang in the New Year at temperatures that dropped to a low of -37.9 C (-36.22 F).

Wisconsin uses cheese to de-ice local roadways

Milwaukee - Wisconsin, a US state is widely known for its cheese production, has found an ingenious way to de-ice many of the state's major roadways by using cheese brine.

Photo Essay: A Berg's eye view of winter

Edmonton - Photographer Evelyn Berg has captured a unique perspective of life during the colder months in Canada by examining a world within a world of ice.

Winter-proof cockroach found in New York City

New York - A cockroach that is resilient in cold weather has never been seen in the United States, until now. The Asian cockroach has been discovered in New York City.

Photo Essay: Winter in Jilin, China Special

Jilin - In the northeast of China, Jilin City is divided by a river that is bordered by colorful buildings which look even more wintery in their first cover of snow.

Winter comes to Western Canada Special

Edmonton - Winter is an inevitable fact of life in western Canada. In Edmonton, the snow and colder temperatures hit with a vengeance in mid-November.

Op-Ed: Five things homeowners can do now to prepare for winter

When the temperatures drop and the wind begins to blow, we have to work that much harder to keep our homes comfortable and safe.

Winter ski season has begun at Vail Resorts in Colorado

The countdown is over and winter ski season is officially underway in Colorado as skiers and riders took to the slopes on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 when Breckenridge Ski Resort opened for its 52nd season just before 9 a.m. MST.

Reindeer eyes change color in winter darkness

To survive the wintery conditions in the Arctic, scientists have found that one part of an reindeer’s eyes changes color. This adaptation increases the sensitivity of the animal’s vision, helping it navigate the through the darker months.
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Winter Storm Walda shuts down most of Central United States April 9th 2013
Winter Storm Walda shuts down most of Central United States April 9th 2013
A photo of Chicago from a plane  on Tuesday January 7  2014
A photo of Chicago from a plane, on Tuesday January 7, 2014
Credit: Hank Cain
The hard frost has created a white-out in the countryside. Here temperatures plunge several degrees ...
The hard frost has created a white-out in the countryside. Here temperatures plunge several degrees lower than in the cities
Snow in Detroit
Snow in Detroit
Sunday s cloudy skies didn t hide the plants colours at Toronto s Music Gardens
Sunday's cloudy skies didn't hide the plants colours at Toronto's Music Gardens
Sunday s cloudy skies didn t hide the plants colours at Toronto s Music Gardens
Sunday's cloudy skies didn't hide the plants colours at Toronto's Music Gardens
Snow in Lyon  13 November 2010
Snow in Lyon, 13 November 2010
Crowds at Sugar Mountain  North Carolina showing the typical above freezing temperatures on the sign...
Crowds at Sugar Mountain, North Carolina showing the typical above freezing temperatures on the sign.
Port of Tel Aviv surrounded by sea water during the mid.December storm. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Port of Tel Aviv surrounded by sea water during the mid.December storm. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Ice drapes power lines in Crossville  TN
Ice drapes power lines in Crossville, TN
Snow in Lyon  13 November 2010
Snow in Lyon, 13 November 2010
A man is silhouetted against the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago  Illinois Janu...
A man is silhouetted against the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois January 6, 2014. A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades.
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
A young girl skiing at Horseshoe Valley Ski Hill  Ontario  Canada.
A young girl skiing at Horseshoe Valley Ski Hill, Ontario, Canada.
A pond surrounded by new snow.
A pond surrounded by new snow.
Kyna Porteous
First snowfall in Nashville for 2012.
First snowfall in Nashville for 2012.
Water s edge at the breeding lake near Fairlands Valley in Hertfordshire
Water's edge at the breeding lake near Fairlands Valley in Hertfordshire
Sunday s cloudy skies didn t hide the plants colours at Toronto s Music Gardens
Sunday's cloudy skies didn't hide the plants colours at Toronto's Music Gardens
Winter Storm Walda shuts down most of Central United States April 9th 2013
Winter Storm Walda shuts down most of Central United States April 9th 2013