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'Siberian Express' in Eastern U.S. Drags On Into Next Week

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The deep freeze that broke records in hundreds of cities across the eastern half of the United States on Friday will last most of next week, with another widespread round of ice, snow or freezing rain is set to start falling Saturday from Missouri to the mid-Atlantic and as far south as Alabama and Georgia.

"Higher amounts over the next two days will probably be across southern Indiana and Illinois and eastward through Ohio into western Pennsylvania," said Bruce Sullivan, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

But even before the latest snowstorm, residents had to deal with school cancellations, power outages, road hazards and water main breaks from the punishing cold.

Here's a look at the latest weather and the effect it is having around the country:

'Polar vortex' is so last year

Forecasters are calling the record-setting bout of icy air the "Siberian Express" because winds coming from Russia are traveling over the Arctic Circle and pushing into Canada and the United States.

"We can almost show the trajectory from Siberia all the way to the U.S.," Sullivan said. Despite being the buzzword of winter 2014, polar vortex also has been used for decades in meteorology.

NASA Shivers

Schools in Alabama sent students home early and NASA shut down its Huntsville facility Friday as a storm began unloading ice, sleet and snow. The weather service said roads were impassable in at least seven counties. Dozens of school systems dismissed students early or canceled classes altogether.

Bone-chilling and record-breaking

Bitter cold temperatures have shattered decades-old records from Cincinnati to Washington to New York.

Frozen ferries

A Boston-bound commuter ferry carrying more than 100 passengers had trouble steering in the ice and had to be towed to port. The ferry Massachusetts departed Hingham at about 8:30 a.m. Friday right behind an ice breaker, said Alison Nolan, an official with Boston Harbor Cruises. After the ferry went off course, the ice breaker towed it to Boston, arriving about 45 minutes later than normal. No one was hurt and the boat was not damaged.

Busted pipes

A 12-inch water main break in the Rhode Island town of Johnston, which interrupted service to about 1,000 customers, took about 16 hours for crews to repair.

And after a 6-inch water main broke in Rutland, Vermont, and workers "braved the elements and were willing to get soaked to the skin" in brutally cold temperatures to fix it, the city's Public Works Department declared: "Mission accomplished" on its Facebook page.

— The Associated Press

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