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Traveler Susan Messerly returns to her car at Billings Logan International Airport in Billings, Mont., after her flight to Phoenix was canceled, as temperatures plunged below zero in Billings, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Forecasters said record lows were possible Wednesday morning and the cold air would linger into the weekend. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
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Drivers tried to negotiate the slick hill on 40th Street traveling north toward the intersection with Old Cheney Road on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/The Journal-Star, Ted Kirk)
Workers work to complete a road project in single digit weather in downtown Williston, N.D. on Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
St. Charles, Mo. native Jeff Novel smoothes out cement in downtown Williston, N.D. in single digit weather on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
A good Samaritan helps push a car stuck on an icy road in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
John Smigel salutes to the grave of U.S. Army MSGT Robert W. Raiser who served in World War II after placing an American flag at the soldier's headstone at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Sheridan, Colo., on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri has moved into the intermountain West, packing high winds and light snow for the region's residents to contend with during the work week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Light snow carpets the graves of soldiers at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Sheridan, Colo., while a bouquet of flowers sits on the grave of Air Force Lt. Harvey J. Bevier, who served in Worlf War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri has moved into the intermountain West, packing high winds and light snows for the region's residents to contend with on Veterans' Day. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Workers work to complete a road project in single digit weather in downtown Williston, N.D. on Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
A man walks through Mears Park in downtown St. Paul, Minn., during the first snowstorm of the season on Monday, Nov.10, 2014.Though the snow will largely stop in Minnesota by Tuesday afternoon, said Joe Calderone, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the state won’t be “seeing any warm up any time soon.” (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Leila Navidi)
Children walk to school in St. Paul, Minn., during the first snowstorm of the season on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Though the snow will largely stop in Minnesota by Tuesday afternoon, said Joe Calderone, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the state won’t be “seeing any warm up any time soon.” (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Leila Navidi)
This photo provided by the Minnesota State Patrol via Twitter shows a semi loaded with live turkeys that skidded off an interstate near Dalton, Minn., as a winter storm moved into the region, on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. The State Patrol says the driver of the semi wasn't seriously hurt when the rig slipped off Interstate 94 and overturned down an embankment. (AP Photo/Minnesota State Patrol)
A good Samaritan helps push a car stuck on an icy road in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
St. Charles, Mo. native Jeff Novel smoothes out cement in downtown Williston, N.D. in single digit weather on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
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Snow falls on the Vince Lombardi statue at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Typhoon Nuri on 21 August 2008 nearing Hong-Kong in the Western Pacific ocean. True-colour satellite image using MODIS data., Typhoon Nuri, Western Pacific, Asia, On 21/08/2008, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Snow covers the ground as workers of Heath Firms, from Coloma, Wis., plant tulips and work on holiday decorations at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Workers of Heath Firms, from Coloma, Wis., plant tulips for the spring and work on holiday decorations at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Workers of Heath Firms, from Coloma, Wis., plant tulips and work on holiday decorations at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Snow falls on the Curly Lambeau statue at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
This Nov. 5, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows a picture captured by NASA's Aqua satellite of Typhoon Nuri. Weather forecasters say an explosive storm, a remnant of Typhoon Nuri, surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is heading toward the northern Pacific Ocean and expected to pass Alaska's Aleutian Islands over the weekend. (AP Photo/NASA)
CHINA - AUGUST 22: Storm clouds cover the city of Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Hong Kong closed its markets and offices as Typhoon Nuri bore down on the city with winds as high as 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, prompting the government to warn residents to prepare for a direct hit. (Photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
CHINA - AUGUST 22: Trash is strewn on the ground by winds of an incoming typhoon in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Hong Kong closed its markets and offices as Typhoon Nuri bore down on the city with winds as high as 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, prompting the government to warn residents to prepare for a direct hit. (Photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
A Police officer walks across a mini bus destroyed by fallen scaffoldings near a construction site in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Typhoon Nuri weakened to a severe tropical storm as it landed in Hong Kong Friday, bringing strong winds and rainfall but inflicting little damage. No major destruction was reported, unlike in the Philippines, where Nuri killed seven people and triggered landslides and floods in the north. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
An arch welcoming people near Williston, N.D.'s Amtrak station is seen on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Tuesday morning saw temperatures in the single digits and a light snowfall. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Heavy snow blanketed parts of the Upper Midwest with more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, leaving residents there and in the Rockies waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight.

The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

A look at the storm and its effects:

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SNOW, SNOW... AND MORE SNOW

More than 2 feet of snow blanked parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and more was on the way before the front was expected to exit on Wednesday. Northern Wisconsin also got as much as 18 inches of snow, and parts of central Minnesota more than 16.

The onset of winter wasn't enough to convince Joe Meath to flee Minnesota - even though he won nearly $12 million in a state lottery game two months ago. Meath was busy with his small snowplow business, taking care of his customers in his worn Chevy truck with nearly 300,000 miles on it.

"I don't know what I'd be doing if I wasn't doing this today," Meath told KMSP-TV.

Schools canceled classes across the region, including at Northern Michigan University. Multimedia journalism student Mikenzie Frost said she was headed out the door to figure skating practice early Tuesday when she got a text from the school saying it was closed. So, she shifted plans.

"Going to buy a shovel because we don't have one," Frost said. "We're probably the only people in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) that don't have one."

At least one school found opportunity in the early storm. St. Cloud Cathedral, a seventh- through 12th-grade parochial school in Minnesota, shut its doors when the storm hit Monday but had students log into online classes to complete coursework from home. Cathedral was following other schools nationally who have experimented with online learning to avoid needing make-up days.

"I'll be honest," Principal Lynn Grewing laughed Tuesday. "There has been some grumbling."

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AND THEN THE COLD

In Billings, Montana, where temperatures in the high 60s fell into the single digits, Patsy Kimmel said she'd been warned before arriving to visit family and celebrate her 70th birthday.

"Yesterday I was wearing sandals and a short-sleeve shirt, and today I'm wearing a coat and scarf and turtleneck and sweatshirt and gloves," said Kimmel.

The blast of frigid air sent temperatures plunging as far south as the Texas Panhandle, where balmy 70-degree weather fell into the teens overnight. In Oklahoma City, Monday's high of 80 degrees hit a low of 30 degrees Tuesday morning - a drop of 50 degrees.

And in the Dakotas, single-digit temperatures came with wind chills that made it feel like 20 below in some places. But that was good news for Action Mechanical Inc. of Rapid City, South Dakota, which was doing a booming heating and ventilation business.

"Bang! We get this arctic blast, and it just opens the floodgates," said John Hammond Jr., a department head. "We're behind right now as we're sitting here talking."

In Colorado, temperatures fell into the teens and prompted officials to move a Veteran's Day ceremony indoors in Denver.

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AT LEAST SOME OF THE CATTLE ARE READY

With only a few inches of snow, ranchers in the Dakotas were upbeat about the weather, mindful of intense storms in October 2013 that killed at least 43,000 cattle that hadn't yet developed heavy protective winter coats.

"We've had enough cool weather (this year) that they're haired up like bears," said South Dakota Stockgrowers Association President Bob Fortune, who ranches near Belvidere. "They can take winter now."

Wyoming rancher Ogden Driskill wasn't as confident. He said conditions in his northeastern corner of the state turned cold so abruptly that cattle hadn't yet developed that thick coat. But he said the cold was more of a risk to calves who might sicken than to mature cattle, which were in good condition from a year's good forage.

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DON'T BLAME THE POLAR VORTEX

Meteorologists are adamant that the weather isn't because of the polar vortex, a giant upper air pattern that normally pens in cold air in the Arctic in the winter, but instead pushed in by an entirely different weather phenomenon more related to the remnants of a powerful typhoon.

"The polar vortex itself has not moved south. It's still in the Arctic where it always is," said National Weather Service spokeswoman Susan Buchanan, adding that federal forecasters are calling this a cold snap or cold front.

Still, forecasters warn that the cold will linger. Some regions will go from record warm to record cold in just two days, with temperatures dropping 15 to 20 degrees below normal on the East Coast Friday and Saturday. And freezing temperatures will likely dip as far south as Atlanta on Friday, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the Weather Underground.

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TRAVEL WOES

Roads were difficult in northern Michigan. Minnesota reported at least four people killed in accidents on icy roads from the storm, but Tuesday was calmer after the nearly 500 crashes reported on Monday.

Operations were returning to normal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with only about 19 flights canceled Tuesday - a day after nearly 200 were scrubbed.

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Associated Press writers Amy Forliti in Minneapolis; Kevin Burbach and Blake Nicholson in Bismarck, North Dakota; contributed to this report.

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NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Freddy the Boston Terrier plays in the snow on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Snow rests on the face of the dog, Camper, during a midday walk by the Hounds on the Hudson dog day care center in Albany, N.Y. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The National Weather Service is warning of 8 to 16 inches accumulating by Friday morning and near white-out conditions at times. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Sarah Appleman of Washington and her dog Frankenstein take a walk near Capitol Hill in Washington during the start of a major snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Many government offices and schools closed before the first flake of snow, but there were signs Tuesday that significant winter weather was moving into the mid-Atlantic region as heavy snow began falling.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Snow collects on the fur of a dog as he is taken for a walk Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 8 inches of snow Monday to New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
FILE - In a Feb. 8, 2010, file picture, a stray dog with snow on its fur looks on in Bucharest, Romania. The stray dog population of the Romanian capital is around 64 thousand according to city hall sources. The Matei Bals hospital for infectious diseases says it has treated 9,760 people for dogs bites this year, of which a quarter were children. It was the death of the 4-year-old boy that sparked a new debate over killing strays. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
Local resident Silvia Parigger enjoys a walk through the snow with her goat Charly, her donkey Kenobi and her dog Murphy in Lofer, in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, March 1, 2013. The weather forecast predicts sunny weather for the upcoming days in Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Dog Kari runs through the snow on the Wurmberg mountain in Braunlage, northern Germany, Sunday Feb. 3, 2013. Weather forecasts predict colder temperatures for the next days. (AP Photo/dpa, Philipp Schulze)
A dog runs through the fresh snow at the Loferer Alp in the Austrian province of Salzburg, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Snow fell down to 600 meters altitude in several parts of the alpine country. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A stray dog peers through the enclosure fence a shelter in Glina, Romania, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Inmates from the neighboring Jilava prison were mobilized, in temperatures below minus 15 Centigrade, (5 degrees Fahrenheit) to clear the snow after the shelter was snowed in following blizzards at the end of last week. Temperatures plunged to minus 27 Centigrade (-16,6 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Romania, four people died due to cold related causes according to local media. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A dog named Muldoon waits in the snow for its owner, Tess Taylor, who stopped for coffee on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in Barre, Vt. Schools, business and municipal offices are closed across Northern New England as the storm-weary region braces for what forecasters say could be more than a foot of snow in some places. Early Wednesday snow was falling heavily across much of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont after a smaller storm dropped a few inches across the region on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
A Portuguese Water Dog named Zephyr tries to navigate the deep snow while playing with its owner, Joe Stamp, during a winter storm in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
A dog named Kira, dressed with a pullover, stands in the fesh snow in Saalfelden, Austrian province of Salzburg, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Heavy snowfall caused traffic problems all over the country. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A little dog enjoys the fresh snow on a snow covered meadow in Lofer, in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Monday Nov. 29, 2010. The snowfall caused traffic problems all over the country. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2010 file picture a dog looks on as men shovel snow from a cage at a stray dog shelter in a field outside Bucharest, Romania.The mayor of the Romanian capital said Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, there will be a referendum on whether thousands of stray dogs should be euthanized after a 4-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a stray on Monday. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
"Rocket" wears a dog coat and snow booties during a morning walk in the falling snow in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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A dog runs in the snow in Bucharest Romania Thursday Jan. 3 2008. Thousands of passengers were stranded after Bucharest's two main airports were closed due to heavy snowfall. The snow also blocked many roads in the south of the country, forcing the closure of at least one border crossing with Bulgaria and prompting train delays.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: English foxhound 'Braxton' wears boots to protect his paws from ice melting chemicals during his morning walk as the temperature hovers in the single-digits Fahrenheit January 22, 2014 in Washington, DC. After four inches of snow fell on some places in the capital area, the federal government delayed the start of the work day by two hours as most schools remained closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Two pug dogs are walked in the snow in Travemuende, northern Germany, on March 29, 2013. Meteorologists forecast temperatures around freezing pont for the coming week in Germany. AFP PHOTO / Ole Spata GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read Ole Spata/AFP/Getty Images)
A Beauce Sheep dog covered by snow is pictured on March 12, 2013 in Godewaersvelde, northern France, after a heavy snow storm. Overnight on March 12 nearly 500 cars were blocked near Cherbourg where snowdrifts piled up 60 centimetres (almost two feet) as winds reached 100 kilometres (more than 60 miles) an hour. Twenty-six regions in northwest and northern France were put on orange alert because of heavy snowfalls, which Meteo France said were 'remarkable for the season because of the expected quantity and length of time'. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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