A blizzard created hazardous travel across the north-central United States on Christmas Day as it unleashed howling winds and nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of the region.
The storm resulted in stretches of major interstates, such as interstates 90 and 94, being closed across Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. Snow and ice also caused many roads in northwestern Minnesota to be closed for a time as well.
Bismarck, North Dakota, received a daily record snowfall of 10.5 inches on Sunday.
Typhoon Nock-ten, locally known as Nina, made landfall over the Philippines on Christmas Day, stranding thousands of holiday travelers and causing at least seven fatalities.
The typhoon caused widespread damage on land, toppling trees and cutting power to five entire provinces in the Philippines. The powerful storm also sunk a cargo ship off the coast during the height of the storm, the Associated Press reported.
Record warmth made it feel like summer in Texas through the holidays. Houston set a record high of 83 F on Tuesday, surpassing the old record of 81 set in 1971. On Wednesday, temperatures reached the 80s for the fifth consecutive day, tying the city's previous record for December days with 80-degree temperatures.
Foggy conditions hindered travel across the United Kingdom during the middle of the week. A deadly pileup involving up to 20 vehicles occurred near Oxfordshire, located in South East England on Wednesday. Numerous flight delays were also reported at London's Heathrow Airport and London City Airport.
A powerful earthquake struck southern Chile on Christmas Day, causing the ground to crack and some roadways to crumble. The magnitude-7.6 quake also lead to a tsunami warning, but the warning was later canceled with no tsunami occurring.
A series of smaller earthquakes shook parts of central California and Nevada on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with over 40 earthquakes measuring between 2.5 and 5.7 on the Richter scale.
A small plane departing from Burke Lakefront Airport near Cleveland, Ohio, went missing late Thursday night, according to the Associated Press.
Six people were on board when it disappeared over Lake Erie. Weather had prevented a boat search overnight, but aircraft were assisting. Lake-effect snow showers were around Thursday night.
The U.S. Coast Guard later announced on Friday that search efforts would be suspended. According to CNN, police announced on Saturday that a new recovery operation would take place to find the remains of the passengers.
Naples, Maine, about 30 miles northeast of Portland, received at least 27 inches of snow. Parts of Maine had intense snowfall at a rate of 3 inches an hour.
Thundersnow was reported throughout northeastern Massachusetts, including around Boston.
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California’s stormy winter continued early this week as another potent storm swept through Northern California with heavy rain and gusty winds.
Less than 48 hours after record-challenging warmth, a storm will threaten parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest with blizzard conditions prior to the end of the week.
Blustery showers and strong wind gusts will lead to difficult travel at times this week as Storm Doris passes through.
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Beneficial rain will help ease the brush fire danger across Florida at midweek and bring an end to a prolonged stretch of dry weather.
In line with Punxsutawney Phil’s 2017 prognostication, forecasters are predicting winter weather will linger into spring across much of the United States.
A storm will continue to unleash heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow across Northern California into Tuesday.
The risk for severe thunderstorms will ramp up across the Ohio Valley states and lower Great Lakes region to end the week.