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Groundhog Day to be greeted with winter storms

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The groundhog won't look for his shadow until tomorrow, but much of the United States is feeling a blast of winter today.

Farmers Almanac shows Western states are facing a "milder-than-normal" winter, and Eastern states are experiencing a "colder-than-normal" winter. Last years predictions by Farmers Almanac were quite accurate, and it's looking like this year's predictions might be, too.

A storm this week threatens to leave up to a third of the nation covered in some extreme winter weather, according to Yahoo News. "Snow and ice could fall along a 2,000-mile stretch from Colorado to Maine, tornadoes were possible in the South"

The storm has the potential to impact around 100 million people, or one-third of the U.S. population, according to The Weather Channel .

Cities including St. Louis, Kansas City and Milwaukee could be hardest hit; they're expected to receive up to 2 feet of snow and drifts piled from 5 to 10 feet, according to Fox News.

Airports, especially on the East Coast, are experiencing delays and cancellations, according to The Examiner

ABC News says that "airlines canceled nearly 2,000 more flights and planned for more cancellations tomorrow due to a strong winter snowstorm — called a 'weather bomb' — moving its way up the Atlantic."

With predictions of snow come predictions of ice, which are much more threatening, "Ice is the larger threat in a band that extends from south of St. Louis to Indianapolis and on to Pittsburgh and even parts of New Jersey. In those regions, more than an inch of ice could fall, downing trees and power lines," according to CNN.com.

Back on the Wasatch Front today, KSL.com says that, with the wind chill factor included, the expected temperature of only 15 degrees will actually feel like negative 10.

The Old Farmers Almanac, which claims 80 percent accuracy, has a general forecast for the weather this year. It seems states that normally receive a lot of snow will be below average while the rest will receive more.

The weather prediction for Utah, according to the Old Farmers Almanac: "Winter temperatures will be above normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods in late December, mid-January, and early February. Precipitation will be below normal, with near- to below-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods will occur in early and mid-December and early and late February."