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Winter is here: The worst winter storms and blizzards around the world (PHOTOS)
Friday, February 8th, 2013

American Northeasterners, as you hunker down to weather winter storm Nemo, know that you are not alone.

Record-setting snowfall has been hitting many parts of the world, from China to the United Kingdom.

Snow even fell in unusual places like Turkey and Israel, paralyzing daily life, but also turning those countries into special-edition winter wonderlands.

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A woman walks during a blizzard in Stockholm, Sweden on December 5, 2012.

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A worker uses a bulldozer to clear a snow-covered street after heavy snow-fall in the outskirts of Beijing on November 4, 2012. Beijing issued its second-highest blizzard alert on November 4 after the Chinese capital saw an unusually early snowstorm and its heaviest day of cold-season precipitation in 61 years, state media said.

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Students make lines on a bus terminal covered by snow to wait for transportation in Nagano City in the morning on December 10, 2012. Heavy snow hit wide areas of Japan on December 10 due to cold air that brought a winter pressure system.

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Shoveling out cars was just one of the battles of the storm on December 20, 2012 in in Madison, Wisconsin. The State Patrol was warning motorists to stay home as a paralyzing winter storm bore down on Wisconsin in the first significant snowstorm to hit southern Wisconsin in two winters.

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A pedestrian makes their way on a path December 21, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin on the campus the University of Wisconsin-Madison a day after a record snow fall.

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Commuters battle snow-covered roads after a winter storm blanketed the Midwest with snow December 26, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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A Syrian woman walks through central Damascus during snow fall on January 9, 2013 as a fierce storm whipped the region and temperatures dropped dramatically.

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Seagulls rest on the edge of the Bosphorus river after a snow storm, in Istanbul, on January 9, 2013. Heavy snowfall blanketed Turkey's commercial hub Istanbul, a city of 15 million, paralyzing daily life and disrupting air traffic and land transport.

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A visitor climbs the steps of Baalbek's Bachus temple as snow covers the Roman ruins of the historic town in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on January 9, 2013, following a fierce storm which whipped the region with temperatures dropping dramatically and snow falling on low levels across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel.

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A man walks during a snow storm at Damascus Gate in the old city of Jerusalem on January 10, 2013. Jerusalem was transformed into a winter wonderland after heavy overnight snowfall turned the Holy City and much of the region white, bringing hordes of excited children onto the streets.

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Jordanians walk past snow-covered cars and trees in Amman on January 10, 2013. The worst storms in a decade left swathes of Israel and Jordan under a blanket of snow and parts of Lebanon blacked out, bringing misery to a region accustomed to temperate climates.

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Ultra-orthodox Jews enjoy the snow in the Mea Shearim religious neighborhood on January 10, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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A Palestinian man plays in the snow as it covers the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound behind him on January 10, 2013 in the old city in east Jerusalem, Israel.

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20-year-old women dressed in kimono walk on a snow covered street to attend a coming-of-age ceremony in Tokyo on January 14, 2013. A storm system grasped central Japan on January 14, causing heavy snow fall around the Japanese capital.

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Picture of a snowman built in front of the Eiffel tower taken on January 19, 2013 in Paris, after the snow fell over the French capital overnight.

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People walk in front of the snow covered Louvre museum in Paris on January 20, 2013. The snow blanketed large parts of northern and southwestern France overnight leading to treacherous road conditions and several fatal car crashes over the weekend.

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Tim Coulson huntmaster and Victoria Walton (L) at the Lauderdale Hunt exercise the hounds in the snow at Scarce Law on January 21, 2013 in Lauder, Scotland. Widespread snowfall affected most of the UK with school closures and transport disruption.

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Heavy Snow covers the slate roof tops of Stoke on January 21, 2013 in Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom. The Met Office issued a red weather warning for parts of the UK and advising against all non-essential travel as up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in some areas.

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A young girl is pictured with her dog and a pony as it snows near Warsaw, Poland on February 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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In this photo illustration a snow covered car is seen in Holcombe on January 22, 2013 in Somerset, England. Snow and ice continued to cause disruption to some parts of the UK with more snow forecast for the South West.

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