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Hawrelak Park becomes a winter wonderland Special

Edmonton - Edmonton's Hawrelak Park transformed into a winter wonderland this past weekend, with the Ice Castles and Silver Skate Festival.

Winter storm slams East Coast with snow, rain and cold

New York - More than 1,000 flights from East Coast cities in the U.S. had to be cancelled Monday as a major winter storm moved into the region with snow, ice and high winds.

U.S. residents wake up to the white stuff on East Coast

New York City - Millions of northeastern U.S. residents woke up to a carpet of white snow Saturday as the largest storm in years crashed the East Coast, leaving tall drifts, blocked roads and power outages in its wake.

Photo essay: Alberta's winter bird species Special

As winter sets in across Alberta many bird species head south, but even with the cold weather and deep snow some birds stick around. They are the hardy few, which make Alberta and Canada their year-round home.

Over 1 million refugees face freezing winter

More than 1 million refugees face sub-zero temperatures and increased risk of illness on Europe's borders and in the Middle East. Harsh winter conditions will see temperatures fall to -11C in the Balkans.

Calgary-bound passengers furious over 8-hour wait on tarmac

Hamilton - Sunwing airline passengers trying to get home to Calgary are furious over the plane's stopover in Hamilton, Ontario where they were forced to endure an eight-hour wait on the tarmac.

Nepal quake victims face deadly winter as parties bicker

Gorkha - Thousands of Nepalis still living in tents months after a massive earthquake are facing a desperate winter, because of a fuel crisis and bickering politicians' failure to spend a $4.1 billion reconstruction fund.Eight months after a 7.

Ice sculpture of Jeep left in North Carolina parking lot

Greenville - Two interesting ice sculptures recently popped up in North Carolin as a result of the never-ending winter weather that has hit the United States in recent weeks.

Kentucky police are searching for fictional 'Frozen' character

Harlan - One police department in Kentucky is blaming a fictional Disney character for the harsh winter weather that has hit the state this week and they have issued a warrant for her arrest.

Flying Canoe Adventure a colourful Canadian odyssey Special

Edmonton - Fusing French Canadian and First Nations legend, this lesser known winter festival is becoming something to look forward to in mid-winter.

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.
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Midwest  Snowpocalypse  2011
Midwest 'Snowpocalypse' 2011
Snow in Detroit
Snow in Detroit
Dogs adjusting to Chicago s blizzard of 2011
Dogs adjusting to Chicago's blizzard of 2011
Digital Journalist  Matt Harding
Digital Journalist, Matt Harding
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
Toronto Harbour in winter
Toronto Harbour in winter
Digital Journal
First snowfall in Nashville for 2012.
First snowfall in Nashville for 2012.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton s Old Strathcona.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona.
Snow in Lyon  13 November 2010
Snow in Lyon, 13 November 2010
Ice Castles in Edmonton.
Ice Castles in Edmonton.
the boats are put up for winter 
Lake Ontario  Toronto
the boats are put up for winter Lake Ontario, Toronto
Snow in Lyon  13 November 2010
Snow in Lyon, 13 November 2010
A wintry rock in the Detroit River
A wintry rock in the Detroit River
Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton.
Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton.
The apartment blocks where I lived in Samara
The apartment blocks where I lived in Samara
Dogs adjusting to Chicago s blizzard of 2011
Dogs adjusting to Chicago's blizzard of 2011
A photo of Chicago from a plane  on Tuesday January 7  2014
A photo of Chicago from a plane, on Tuesday January 7, 2014
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