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Snow totals: Winter storm 'Hercules' dumping mighty amounts of snow

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Snow totals from the powerful winter storm Hercules have already surpassed record amounts for fast-falling snow accumulations in some areas, reports CNN on Jan. 2.

Weather.com carried the total snowfalls, as of Jan. 3, for all the states affected by this large swath of snow – 21 states in all have substantial snow totals to report.

In Illinois, 18 inches fell near Gurnee, and in Vermont, 17 inches fell in Woodford. By far, the largest amounts of snow however fell in Boxford, Mass. (23.8 inches) and in Greece, N.Y. (22 inches). Indiana, Michigan and New Hampshire all reported at least a foot of snow from this week’s blast of arctic air.

States from the Midwest to the Great Lakes and Northeast were pounded with snow during the first few days of 2014, bringing a triple-onslaught of fast-falling snow, whipping winds and bitter cold.

"Mother Nature has come to wish us happy new year," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The unusual cold makes battling this nor'easter particularly difficult, as sub zero temps render traditional salt treatments on roads completely ineffective.

Approximately 100 million people in 21 states have been in the path of the storm, which, as anticipated, was at its fiercest late Thursday evening and into early Friday morning.

"Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely," the Weather Service said earlier in the week. "This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel."

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