More like global colding (PHOTOS)

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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Snow!

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