Holiday Travel Freezes in Frigid Temps

Like the Dauwers, residents are outraged that it can take more than two weeks to turn the power back on in this country.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has launched an investigation into utility companies to find out why it is taking so long to restore power. Electric companies say they are working as fast as they can, but with so many downed trees and power lines, they simply do not have the personnel to work as quickly as everyone would like.

Massachusetts resident Patricia Parks has been spending most of her time in her car because she cannot afford a power generator.

"I've been wearing three pairs of pants, three pairs of socks, a jacket, a hood, my mittens," she told ABC News. "[I am] still freezing."

Looking on the Bright Side

In Minnesota, where residents are used to bitterly cold temperatures, some were looking on the bright side.

"It's 2 below now," one Minnesota resident said. "It's better than 25 below."

A positive outlook might help, but the frigid weather is not expected to die down anytime soon. Forecasters say the Northwest and Midwest could see an additional 3 to 8 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.

More snow and ice is headed into New Hampshire, where residents have filled up shelters because of power outages in some parts. The Seattle region is also expected to be battered by additional snow storms until at least Christmas Eve.

But all eyes are on the Midwest today. In Chicago and St. Louis, more sleet and snow is developing and expected to envelop the region, likely resulting in more flight delays at least through Christmas Eve.

The National Weather Service warned residents of northern Indiana about a significant flooding threat this weekend because of expected heavy rains later in the week and a rapid snow melt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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