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More Than 35 People Die in Extreme Winter Weather as New Storms Brew — What to Know

Mississippi, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Illinois have seen fatalities since Friday, according to multiple reports

<p>Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty</p> A woman clears snow from her car

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A woman clears snow from her car
  • There have been over 35 winter-related fatalities across the U.S. since Friday

  • Tennessee has seen the highest death toll, with the Tennessee Department of Health confirming 14 weather-related deaths, according to reports

  • The National Weather Service said Thursday that the U.S. should expect to face more winter threats late this week

More than 35 people have died since last weekend as winter weather continues to blanket the U.S. and more extreme snow threatens millions this week, according to multiple reports.

Mississippi, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Illinois have reported fatalities since Friday, according to CNN.

Tennessee has seen the highest death toll, with the Tennessee Department of Health confirming 14 weather-related deaths, ABC News and CNN reported. Meanwhile, five people were killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer on a snowy Pennsylvania highway on Tuesday, per CNN.

According to CNN, at least seven people have died in Portland, Oregon, since Friday, while four potential hypothermia deaths in Multnomah County are under investigation.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) said in a statement on Thursday that the U.S. should expect to face more winter threats late this week.

"Another swath of freezing rain and heavy mountain snowfall will overtake portions of the Pacific Northwest as another storm system skirts the coastline with stubborn cold air in place," the agency added, noting "moderate to major potential winter storm impacts are expected, including dangerous travel and power outages."

"The focus for winter precipitation will shift westward however as the next winter weather maker will spin up today over the Mid-Mississippi Valley, with snow likely to spread from the north-central Plains to the Midwest/Lower Great Lakes and the Mid-Atlantic by Friday," the NWS shared.

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While substantial amounts are not anticipated, freezing rain and snow could still create dangerous driving conditions, according to the National Weather Service, with winter storm watches in effect across portions of the central Appalachians before the heavy snow and gusty winds are expected to arrive early Friday.

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After New York City and other major cities broke their over 700-day streaks of not receiving 1 inch of snow, per the New York Post, CNN reported that the Midwest and East Coast are expected to receive more significant snow on Friday.

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