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Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2014.</p>

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2014.

You may have heard about Hercules, the storm pummeling the northeastern United States.

The first major winter storm of 2014 has brought bone-chilling temperatures and high winds from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast.

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New York is getting it.

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Boston is getting it.

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Chicago got it.

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But there's also snow in Indian Kashmir, where an electricity crisis hasn't stopped folks from making bearded snowmen.  

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And there's snow in Afghanistan, where the winter's first flurries mean the start of a long holiday for many.

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There's snow in the Alps, but that's nothing new. 

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There's snow in Mexico, which is more rare. 

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Snow surprised everyone in Egypt this winter.

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And made bad times worse for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

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There's snow in China, where they intend to make the most of it.

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