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Winter weather wreaked havoc across the southeastern United States this week, causing hundreds of accidents and leaving tens of thousands without power.
At least 15 people have died as a result of the storm, according to the Associated Press. Several were killed in vehicle accidents while others died from exposure due to frigid conditions.
Snow blasted parts of Alabama and Texas on Tuesday before moving east into the Carolinas.
More than 1,600 collisions were reported in North Carolina alone as roads became packed with snow and ice. Nearly a foot of snow fell in some areas.
Charlotte Douglas Airport was majorly impacted with hundreds of flight cancellations and more than a thousand delays.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted on social media about his own ordeal, stating that he slipped off a snowy road.
NC stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree. All good. Probably just needs a new alignment. pic.twitter.com/OfA5Q28jew— Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 17, 2018
A winter storm in western Europe also created dangerous conditions and travel nightmares this week.
Nearly 10 deaths have been reported across three countries (Belgium, Germany and Netherlands) as Storm Frederike blasted the region.
Intense wind gusts ranging from 53 to 78 mph (85 to 125 km/h) caused structural damage throughout the region, leading to travel delays. Flights out of Amsterdam were canceled, and train travel was delayed.
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In parts of remote Russia, temperatures plunged to minus 88 degrees Fahrenheit this week.
Two men froze to death in Yakutia in eastern Siberia after trying to find help when their car broke down.
Yakutia is home to roughly one million people who are used to intense cold. Students attend school even as temperatures fall to minus 40 F, but this wave of extreme cold led to cancellations this week.
The extreme cold received worldwide attention after pictures of frozen eyelashes surfaced on social media. According to TIME Magazine, the cold barely made headlines in local media.
Nearly 40,000 people were forced to evacuate near Mount Mayon in the Philippines this week as the country's most active volcano erupted.
While the recent eruptions have been relatively weak, scientists warned that they could turn explosive at any time, according to the Associated Press. Lava flows on Tuesday forced police to set up checkpoints to keep tourists a safe distance from the volcano.
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced this week that 2017 was the second-hottest year on record.
2016, which was an El Niño year, is the hottest. El Niño patterns are known to bring warm weather around the globe.
NASA said global temperatures were on average 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 C) warmer than the mean from 1951-1980.
“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years,” said Gavin Schmidt, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) director.
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A cool start to autumn will give way to increasing warmth and humidity across the Northeast in the coming days.
The formation of Subtropical Storm Leslie and Tropical Storm Kirk may only be the start of a busy next couple of weeks in the tropical Atlantic.
The newest storm in the western Pacific Ocean will track through the Philippine Sea, continuing to gather strength before impacting land later in the week.
Following a brief lull in tropical weather across the Atlantic Basin, several areas of interest have developed this weekend, including the season's newest named storms.
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The same storm system that produced deadly flooding in Texas late last week will channel rounds of heavy downpours into the lower Mississippi Valley throughout much of this week.
The NASCAR Playoffs will continue tonight at the Richmond Raceway amid warm and potentially unsettled weather.