Dec 10, 2009 8:36 AM by Associated Press

Bitter cold follows in wake of massive storm

Dangerously cold conditions are settling over parts of the country in the wake of a huge storm that hit much of the Midwest and New England.

At least 16 deaths are being blamed on the wintry blast that dumped more than a foot of snow. Most of those deaths came in road accidents.

The storm created blizzard conditions, with gusts of up to 50 mph creating snow drifts as high as 15 feet. One knocked over a two-story Christmas tree in downtown Champaign, Ill.

Hundreds of schools canceled classes, and power has been out for thousands of people from Missouri to New York. Wind chills hit as low as minus 40 degrees in southern Montana. It was minus 7 in Denver just before sunrise Wednesday, but the winds made it feel more like minus 32.

Forecasters say the biting wind also moved across Wyoming and South Dakota. Winds are due to slow down across the Midwest, but severely cold conditions are expected to follow.


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