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US temperatures set to plummet to record lows

Parts of America and Canada are experiencing near record-breaking low temperatures from a severe winter storm that has claimed at least 16 lives.

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North east US digs its way out of heavy snow

People across the northeastern United States had to dig their way out of a heavy snowfall that grounded flights, closed schools and government offices, caused at least three deaths and left the region in the grip of dangerously low temperatures.

Boston was hard-hit by the first major winter storm of 2014, getting nearly 18 inches (45 cm) of snow, while some towns north of New England's largest city saw close to 2 feet (60 cm) of accumulation.

Major cities from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Maine, were slammed, with New York's Manhattan island getting 6 inches (15 cm) of snow and parts of the borough of Queens seeing more than 10 inches (26 cm) of fresh powder.

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