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Dozens killed as blasts rock Kabul – CNN

Dozens killed as blasts rock Kabul – CNN

Another 30 people were injured in the attack, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told CNN.
The attack happened around 10:30 a.m. local time (12.30 a.m ET) and targeted a cultural center in Police District 6 in Kabul. The initial suicide blast was followed by two more explosions, Rahimi said. The following explosions did not produce any injuries, the spokesman said.
The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media released by the group’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mojahid.
Afghan policemen watch dust blowing along a street in the aftermath of the third blast at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul on December 28, 2017.
The explosion occurred in a basement meeting room of the Dashte Darchi cultural center in west Kabul, according to journalist Ehsanullah Amiri, who was at the scene.
A crowd of fewer than 100 people were meeting to commemorate the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Amiri said. The bomber infiltrated the crowd before detonating a device. The two other devices, described by Amiri as IEDs, were also in the building and went off shortly after the first explosion.
Ambulances and police vehicles ferried the dead and wounded to nearby pubic and private hospitals, he told CNN. Security forces cordoned off the site and blocked the main road approaching the scene. Authorities also warned onlookers to stay away from the site of the explosion.
The building also housed a Shia mosque, locals told Amiri.
Security personnel arrive outside the site of a suicide attack in kabul, Afghanistan.

Deadly attacks

Both the Afghan capital and the wider country are beset with attacks on its military, police and civilian populations.
Earlier this week at least 10 people were killed after a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in an attack claimed by ISIS.
The attack Monday took place near an office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) close to Abdulhaq Square, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry. He said the attacker was targeting the NDS office. The NDS office is near the US Embassy, along with several other diplomatic missions.
A number of other attacks have targeted the city in recent months:
October 20: Dozens of Afghans were killed in two mosque attacks, claimed by ISIS.
October 21: A suicide bombing near a military academy took another 15 lives, claimed by the Taliban.
October 17: At least 41 soldiers were killed in an attack on their base in eastern Afghanistan, claimed by the Taliban.
September 13: A suicide bomber killed three people in a blast outside a cricket stadium in Kabul.
August 25: 20 people killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque, for which ISIS claims responsibility.

Published at Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:25:12 +0000

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Who Will be Meghan Markle's Maid of Honor? Best Man, Flower Girl and Pageboy Potentials For Royal Wedding – Newsweek

Who Will be Meghan Markle's Maid of Honor? Best Man, Flower Girl and Pageboy Potentials For Royal Wedding – Newsweek

When Prince Harry exchanges vows with Meghan Markle in May 2018, Prince William will more than likely stand beside his younger brother at the altar. According to Us Weekly, the prince has already asked William to be best man at his wedding. As for Meghan Markle’s maid of honor, it’s anyone’s guess.

If Markle follows royal wedding tradition, there might be no adult bridesmaids at all; typically, young girls to attend royal brides. 

But if she follows the example of William’s wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, she might flout tradition. Middleton chose her younger sister, Pippa, as maid of honor when she married William in 2011; at 27, Pippa was the oldest bridesmaid in recent times. “If you look at the royal weddings since Elizabeth’s, you will find that most of the bridesmaids are early teens or children,” Marlene Koenig, a British and European royalty expert told Town & Country in early December.

Markle is a native Californian, and therefore might prefer to follow American traditions. If she does, her made of honor could be one of her closest friends: Lindsay Roth, Misha Nonoo or Janina Gavankar.

Roth and Markle have been friends since they attended Northwestern University. According to The Daily Mail, the two met during a Toni Morrison literature class. And Markle served as Roth’s maid of honor at her August 2016 wedding.

Nonoo is rumored to be the woman responsible for introducing Markle to Harry, increasing her chances of being included in the wedding party. The American fashion designer hangs in royal social circles, and her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, a Brit, attended Eton College with Harry and William.

Gavankar has been friends with Markle for over 15 years. Markle has openly gushed over her long-standing friendship with the fellow actress, a former True Blood star, on Instagram, writing alongside a selfie of the duo posted in 2016: “Couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come, and couldn’t be more grateful for being able to share every step of it with you.”

As for the pageboy and flower girl, the candidates are obvious: Harry’s nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte. A palace source recently told Us Weekly that the siblings will be in Harry and Markle’s ceremony, and the two have some experience: George, 4, and Charlotte, 2, served as flower girl and pageboy at their aunt Pippa’s wedding to James Matthews on May 20. A year later, they are likely to do it again. 

William and Kate’s third child, due to arrive in April 2018, will have to wait for the next royal wedding. 

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:32:00 +0000

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Who Will be Meghan Markle's Maid of Honor? Best Man, Flower Girl and Pageboy Potentials For Royal Wedding – Newsweek

Who Will be Meghan Markle's Maid of Honor? Best Man, Flower Girl and Pageboy Potentials For Royal Wedding – Newsweek

When Prince Harry exchanges vows with Meghan Markle in May 2018, Prince William will more than likely stand beside his younger brother at the altar. According to US Weekly, the prince has already asked William to be best man at his wedding. As for Meghan Markle’s maid of honor, it’s anyone’s guess.

If Markle follows royal wedding tradition, there might be no adult bridesmaids at all; typically, young girls to attend royal brides. 

But if she follows the example of William’s wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, she might flout tradition. Middleton chose her younger sister, Pippa, as maid of honor when she married William in 2011; at 27, Pippa was the oldest bridesmaid in recent times. “If you look at the royal weddings since Elizabeth’s, you will find that most of the bridesmaids are early teens or children,” Marlene Koenig, a British and European royalty expert told Town & Country in early December.

Markle is a native Californian, and therefore might prefer to follow American traditions. If she does, her made of honor could be one of her closest friends: Lindsay Roth, Misha Nonoo or Janina Gavankar.

Roth and Markle have been friends since they attended Northwestern University. According to The Daily Mail, the two met during a Toni Morrison literature class. And Markle served as Roth’s maid of honor at her August 2016 wedding.

Nonoo is rumored to be the woman responsible for introducing Markle to Harry, increasing her chances of being included in the wedding party. The American fashion designer hangs in royal social circles, and her ex-husband, Alexander Gilkes, a Brit, attended Eton College with Harry and William.

Gavankar has been friends with Markle for over 15 years. Markle has openly gushed over her longstanding friendship with the fellow actress, a former True Blood star, on Instagram, writing alongside a selfie of the duo posted in 2016: “Couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come, and couldn’t be more grateful for being able to share every step of it with you.”

As for the pageboy and flower girl, the candidates are obvious: Harry’s nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte. A palace source recently told Us Weekly that the siblings will be in Harry and Markle’s ceremony, and the two have some experience: George, 4, and Charlotte, 2, served as flower girl and pageboy at their aunt Pippa’s wedding to James Matthews on May 20th. A year later, they are likely to do it again. 

William and Kate’s third child, due to arrive in April 2018, will have to wait for the next royal wedding. 

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:32:00 +0000

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Can you prepay your real estate taxes before the tax bill takes effect? Find out here. – Washington Post

Can you prepay your real estate taxes before the tax bill takes effect? Find out here. – Washington Post

Homeowners are scrambling to prepay their 2018 property taxes in advance of the new federal cap on real estate deductions. The federal tax legislation that takes effect Jan. 1 will cap the state and local deductions on federal tax returns at $10,000. Residents who pay next year’s taxes before this year ends hope their efforts will allow them to take advantage of the deductions one last time.

[Sweeping tax overhaul clears Congress]

Although it is impossible for residents to know the precise amount of their 2018 property taxes, regional leaders recommend making an estimate based on last year’s amount. To prepay property bills, residents must not have any unpaid tax bills from years prior.

Here’s a rundown of which jurisdictions in the region accept prepayments and how to make these payments:

Alexandria

The city of Alexandria says it has fielded a rush of calls about prepaid tax options ahead of the new tax bill’s taking effect. By Tuesday afternoon, the city had already received $1 million in prepayments — far more than in most years, according to Craig Fifer, a spokesman for the city. Payments will be accepted through Dec. 31. The city says it prefers to receive payments by check, with “prepayment” written in the memo field.

Arlington

The county in Northern Virginia warns that it cannot offer any tax advice, but says it does accept prepaid tax payments. County Treasurer Carla de la Pava told the website ARLNow.com that it has received an unprecedented volume of prepaid payments in the aftermath of the tax bill’s passing. De la Pava said the treasurer’s office puts the deposits in “very safe” investments, which earn a small return for the jurisdiction. The county says it accepts payments on “active Real Estate” accounts. Residents are asked to email [email protected] or call 703-228-3090 with questions.

[Tax bill spawns new holiday ritual: Waiting in line to pay taxes]

Fairfax

The county extended office hours the last week of December to accommodate the potential uptick of people prepaying their taxes. Residents can make their payments in person at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Payments can also be made electronically.

Loudoun

Loudoun County residents can prepay their taxes by mailing a check or paying with cash or credit card at one of the county’s two treasury offices in Leesburg and Sterling. Payments must be received by Friday, Dec. 29.

D.C.

The District says that people can prepay their taxes online at www.taxpayerservicecenter.com or at any D.C. branch office at Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo will accept payments via check or credit card. Residents must bring their 2017 real property tax bill to the branch office for their payments to be processed. Payments must be processed by Saturday. (Some Wells Fargo outposts are closed on Saturday.) The city is urging residents to avoid mailing payments in case they are not received in time.

Montgomery County

The Maryland county passed last-minute legislation Tuesday that would allow residents to prepay their 2018 property bills. Residents are encouraged to mail their prepayments with a signed copy of a Notice of Intent that can be found online. Payments must be postmarked by Dec. 31 and mailed to the county’s Treasury Office, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite L-15, Rockville, MD 20850.

[Montgomery County passes expedited bill allowing prepayment of property taxes]

Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County does not permit prepaid real estate taxes, although an employee in the county’s treasury office said Tuesday afternoon that many residents have been calling inquiring about the option in recent days.

Published at Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:57:18 +0000

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry taking charge of wedding planning but Obama invite still up in the air – Fox News

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry taking charge of wedding planning but Obama invite still up in the air – Fox News

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking charge of their May 19 wedding, according to their rep. 

The couple’s spokesperson told People the pair are “leading the planning process for all aspects” of their royal wedding. 

And Prince Harry recently revealed he and Markle still need to put together the guest list for their big day. 

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St Mary Magdalene's church after the Royal Family's Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay - RC117DF76700

Left to right: Duchess Kate, Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stand outside of Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day.

 (Reuters)

On Sunday December 17, Prince Harry invited former President Barack Obama to be interviewed for BBC Radio 4 as part of his guest editorship. While the bulk of the interview involved talk of world leadership roles in the modern age of digital technology, mention of the royal wedding guest list did come up.

The prince revealed during the chat he wasn’t yet sure if the Obamas would get an invite — despite speculation they are sure to be included. 

In this undated photo issued on Sunday Dec. 17, 2017 by Kensington Palace courtesy of the Obama Foundation, Britain's Prince Harry, right, interviews former US President Barack Obama as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4's Today programme which is to be broadcast on the December 27, 2017. The interview was recorded in Toronto in September 2017 during the Invictus Games. (Kensington Palace courtesy of The Obama Foundation via AP)

Prince Harry, right, interviews former US President Barack Obama as part of his guest editorship for BBC Radio 4.

 (Kensington Palace courtesy of The Obama Foundation via AP))

“I don’t know about that, we haven’t even put the invite or the guest list together, who knows if he’s going to be invited or not,” Harry said. “I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”

The royals have shared a friendship with the Obamas for several years.

Confirmation on the royal guest list may still be up in the air, but the one thing that is certain is how Harry feels about his fiancée.

Harry gushed about Markle’s first Christmas with his family in Sandringham to BBC Radio 4 saying, “she really enjoyed it.”

The 36-year-old prince went on to say that his family loved having her at the exclusive Christmas fete.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, talks to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancee, right, as they wait with Prince William, centre, for the Queen to leave by car following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Meghan Markle chats with Duchess Kate and Prince William while exiting the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day.

 (AP)

“There’s always that family part of Christmas [where] there’s always that work element there as well, and I think together we had an amazing time,” he said. “We had great fun staying with my brother and sister-in-law and running round with the kids. Christmas was fantastic.”

And though the couple is working to create their own unique traditions, Harry praised his fiancée for adapting to his family’s royal ways.

“She’s done an absolutely amazing job,” he said. “She’s getting in there and it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had.”

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:40:57 +0000

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Barack Obama Warns Against the Divisive Nature of Social Media in Interview with Prince Harry – TIME

Barack Obama Warns Against the Divisive Nature of Social Media in Interview with Prince Harry – TIME

Former President Barack Obama has warned against some of the perils of social media — in particular, its potential to create social divisions and spread misinformation — in a highly anticipated interview with the U.K’s Prince Harry.

Speaking with the prince, who guest edited Wednesday’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today show, the former President expressed concern about how social media can reinforce people’s prejudices and expose users to dubious information, the BBC reports.

“One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” he said. Obama did not name his successor, President Donald Trump, whose hostility to traditional news media and flexibility with facts has been a common feature of his presidency.

“The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground,” Obama said.

The interview, which was conducted in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games, which Obama attended along with former Vice President Joe Biden, also touched on the military, mental health, and climate change.

When the newly-engaged prince asked him how he felt about leaving the White House, Obama said there was a sense of “completion.”

“That was mixed with all the work that was still undone and concerns about how the country moves forward. But overall there was a serenity there, more than I would have expected.”

As part of his guest editorial spot, Harry also interviewed his father, Prince Charles. Other guest editors on the Today Show over the holiday week include a robot, Bletchley Park code-breaker Baroness Trumpington, English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo, and Nigerian writer Benjamin Okri, according to the BBC.

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:59:02 +0000

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Library Of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet – NPR

Library Of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet – NPR

The Library of Congress said on Tuesday that it will no longer archive every public tweet. Instead it will collect them “on a very selective basis.”

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Since 2010, Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet: Yours, ours, the president’s.

But today, the institution announced it will no longer archive every one of our status updates, opinion threads, and “big if true“s. As of Jan. 1, the library will only acquire tweets “on a very selective basis.”

The library says it began archiving tweets “for the same reason it collects other materials – to acquire and preserve a record of knowledge and creativity for Congress and the American people.” The archive stretches back to Twitter’s beginning, in 2006.

But as anyone who’s been following along can attest, Twitter and the way it’s used has changed since then. First and foremost from a collection perspective: the sheer number of tweets.

“The volume of tweets and related transactions has evolved and increased dramatically since the initial agreement was signed,” the library explains in a white paper accompanying the announcement.

The library doesn’t say how many tweets it has in its collection now, but in 2013, it said it had already amassed 170 billion tweets, at a rate of half a billion tweets a day.

Tweets can now be longer, too: This fall, Twitter rolled out 280-character tweets to most users across the platform.

Another issue: Twitter only gives the library the text of tweets – not images, videos, or linked content. “Tweets now are often more visual than textual, limiting the value of text-only collecting,” the library says.

The library also has to figure out how to effectively manage deleted tweets, which aren’t part of the archive.

The institution says it will continue to preserve its collection of tweets from the platform’s first 12 years, but indicates that it has yet to figure out exactly how to make the archive public.

Researchers and archivists were delighted when the archive was first announced.

“This is an entirely new addition to the historical record, the second-by-second history of ordinary people,” Fred R. Shapiro, associate librarian and lecturer at the Yale Law School, toldThe New York Times in 2010.

But from the start, the project struck some of us as a little perplexing: You guys know what Twitter’s like, right? You really want ALL the tweets?

With this change, the library is acknowledging that, no, it doesn’t want all the tweets.

“Given the unknown direction of social media when the gift was first planned, the Library made an exception for public tweets,” it explains in the white paper. “With social media now established, the Library is bringing its collecting practice more in line with its collection policies,” which are generally not comprehensive.

So what tweets will be archived going forward? It’s a little unclear, but the library says it will collect tweets that are “thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.” Which sounds more like Twitter’s Moments feature.

Going forward, the library says it will focus on preserving the enormous collection of tweets that it has already amassed: a sort of oral history of the social media era.

“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations,” the library says. “Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation.”

Published at Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:56:44 +0000

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4 people found dead in basement in New York – CNN

4 people found dead in basement in New York – CNN

Police and medics found the victims after a property manager reported four unresponsive people in the basement Tuesday, Troy Police Capt. Dan DeWolf told CNN affiliate WTEN. Authorities are not releasing their identities pending notification of next-of-kin.
DeWolf said he believes the deaths are an isolated incident, but urged residents to remain cautious as detectives process the scene and speak with the victims’ relatives.
“Unfortunately, it’s horrible, terrible, sad, especially at this time of the year that there’s four deceased folks in there,” he told the affiliate. “We’re gonna do everything we can to look into this and get to the bottom of what happened here.”
Troy Police Sgt. Mark Malloy told CNN that the deaths appear suspicious. He said no arrests had been made by Tuesday night.
Troy is about 10 miles from the state capital of Albany and about 160 miles north of New York City.
Authorities urged anyone with information to call the Troy Police Department.

Published at Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:31:00 +0000

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Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets – Washington Post

Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets – Washington Post

PALM BEACH, Fla. — After a quiet Christmas Day, President Trump is back at work — on Twitter.

Trump began his day criticizing the FBI and claiming that the now-famous dossier containing allegations about his connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 election is a “pile of garbage.” Trump, who is vacationing at his private estate in Mar-a-Lago, appeared to be watching and quoting from the morning cable-news show “Fox & Friends” while tweeting.

“WOW, @foxandfrlends ‘Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!” he tweeted.

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund the research that resulted in the dossier, which was first published by BuzzFeed in January. Officials have said that some of the information it contains has been corroborated, but other parts — including the most salacious claims about Trump’s behavior — remain unverified.

The Washington Post’s Adam Entous looks at the role that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee played in funding the research that led to a dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s links to Russia.

Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are ramping up their criticism of the FBI, in an apparent effort to discredit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. On Christmas Eve, Trump attacked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who plans to retire amid increasing criticism from Republicans.

Trump has no public events on his official schedule Tuesday, and he headed out to Trump International Golf Club shortly after sending his morning tweets. He is golfing there with Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), PGA Tour player Bryson DeChambeau and former Professional Golfers’ Association player Dana Quigley.

Earlier in the morning, Trump touted the tax cut bill he signed into law last week before leaving Washington for his holiday vacation. He took a jab at the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act and promised to “develop a great new HealthCare plan” to replace it.

“Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare,” Trump tweeted, “the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!”

Published at Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:10:40 +0000

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Storm brings white Christmas to Midwest and Northeast – NBCNews.com

Storm brings white Christmas to Midwest and Northeast – NBCNews.com

Dreaming of a white — and windy — Christmas?

A winter storm that brought several inches of snow to parts of the Midwest blanketed some areas in the Northeast on Monday, snarling holiday travel.

As much as a foot of snow could fall on New England, with some areas in the region at risk of freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service. Snow inundated the Boston metro area at a rate of one inch an hour on Monday morning, according to the Weather Channel.

The storm was also pummeling Maine on Monday afternoon with heavy snow after making its way through much of the Northeast, according to the Weather Channel. More than a foot of snow has fallen so far in parts of the state.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for parts of Maine until 7 p.m. ET Monday evening, with additional snow accumulation expected, according to the National Weather Service.

“Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute,” the weather service said.

Less snow fell in southern New England, with most areas reporting 4 inches or less, according to NBC Boston.

More than 2,700 flights were delayed and nearly 150 others canceled across the U.S. as of 4:30 p.m. ET Monday, according to FlightAware, the flight data website. Several flights out of Logan International Airport in Boston were postponed or nixed, leaving some flyers stuck on the runway.

Midwesterners spent the morning digging out. Around 3 inches of snow fell in Chicago, where the hometown Bears beat the Cleveland Browns at a Soldier Field filled with shivering fans and freshly fallen powder on Sunday.

A half-foot or more was recorded in parts of western Nebraska and more than 4 inches blanketed parts of Missouri and Michigan. In northern Indiana, police said slick and icy road conditions could still make driving difficult for holiday travelers.

Image: People walk on snow covered streets in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago

People walk on snow covered streets in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Sunday.Jason Szenes / EPA

Strong winds were also set to whip through the area, with several inches of snow likely along the Great Lakes.

That means “a white Christmas for a lot of locations which originally looked a little questionable whether or not we’d have at least an inch of snow on the ground,” said Danielle Bank, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. “We’re going to see a lot of 3- to 5-inch amounts. We know that for sure.”

The Interstate 95 corridor south of Boston was expected avoid the snow, though not the rain and wind. Gusts of 40-55 mph were likely to blow through Boston, New York City and Philadelphia, according to Frank Giannasca, a senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

The windchill would make it feel like 20-degree weather, he added.

Travelers in parts of southern New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey could face a slippery morning with freezing rain and/or sleet making holiday journeys hazardous.

Image: A man walks a dog in St. Charles, Mo.

Joel Arena walks his boss’ dog Elise through Frontier Park in St. Charles, Mo., on Sunday.Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

The winter weather is expected to stick around through the New Year. Forecasters say repeated surges of bitter, arctic air will keep temperatures below average across the northern United States.

Published at Mon, 25 Dec 2017 22:03:00 +0000

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