Let It Snow! | Winter is arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing chilly winds and heavy snowfall to many regions. In late November, Seattle and Vancouver experienced an early snowstorm, parts of New York State are still digging out of a recent storm, and many parts of Europe are now enduring a deadly cold snap, with temperatures in Poland falling as low as -33C (-27F). People all over are donning their heavy coats and gloves and heading outside to either battle the elements, or find ways to play. Collected here are recent photos from northern areas where winter weather has made an impact, and some of the ways the people and animals are dealing with the changing seasons.
Harrison Harper, 10, makes good use of the overnight snowfall and a hill behind his house in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
(AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Katherine Jones)
A parhelion (sundog) combined with a halo is seen over Lake Malaren in central Stockholm, Sweden on November 30, 2010. These weather phenomena are created by ice crystals in the atmosphere during cold weather. Stockholm was experiencing temperatures below minus 10 degree Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit).
Dodie, a one year old dalmatian, enjoys the snowy conditions in Brockwell Park on December 2, 2010 in London, England. Heavy snowfall across the country resulted in severe disruption to road, rail and air travel as well as the closure of over 6,500 schools.
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A street performer dressed as the character Darth Vader stands in front of the Brandenburg Gate during snowfall in Berlin, December 2, 2010.
A lone tree stands in the fog on a snow covered field in Rubigen, near Bern, Switzerland on December 2, 2010.
A sheep stands covered in snow in a field near Middleham, northern England December 1, 2010.
Children play with snowballs in front of a Ferris wheel in Place Bellecour in Lyon, France on December 1, 2010.
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A woman cleans her frozen car windshield during a freezing morning in Bucharest, Romania on December 2, 2010.
Snow covers a statue in Newcastle, England on November 29, 2010.
Ski instructors with the Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School ski down the mountain into the village during the torchlight parade as part of the ski resort's En Fuego Celebration at Copper Mountain, Colorado on Nov 27, 2010.
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General view of Le Mont Saint Michel under snow in France on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
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Flamingos stand in the snow in their enclosure as the Hagenbeck zoo in the German city of Hamburg on December 3, 2010.
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A man makes his way home from the shops November 29, 2010 in Auchterarder, Scotland.
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A kite snowboarder takes a fall at the German Feldberg mountain on November 27, 2010.
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Hoar frost clings to a spider's web around Pickmere Lake in the Cheshire countryside on December 3, 2010 in Knutsford, United Kingdom.
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A horse stands in a meadow covered in freshly-fallen snow in Phalsbourg, France, as winter weather hits the region November 26, 2010.
A German police officer stands in heavy snow as she guards the Reichstag buildings in Berlin Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A sledder starts downhill after a push with the Space Needle in the background on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Seattle's Gasworks Park.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A long exposure photograph shows a tree in front of the snow-covered Bernese alps and the city of Thun in Oberbuetschel, Switzerland on November 30, 2010.
Benches on a sea bridge are covered with ice at the Baltic Sea village of Scharbeutz, Germany on December 2, 2010.
Leanne Smith of the USA takes a fall as she skis the first run of the Giant Slalom during the Audi FIS Women's World Cup Aspen Winternational on November 27, 2010 in Aspen, Colorado.
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Students from Bingen am Rhein enjoy the first snow near the Brandenburg Gate on December 2, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
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A backlit tree is covered with freshly-fallen snow in Budapest, Hungary on November 27. 2010.
Frozen snow clings to the stalks of dead plants on the Auerberg mountain near Stoetten, Germany on on November 25, 2010.
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A couple walks arm-in-arm while visiting Capilano Park as the Lions Gate Mountain is seen through the clouds in North Vancouver, British Columbia on November 20, 2010.
A baby elephant takes a walk in the snow at the zoo in the northern German city of Hanover on December 3, 2010.
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Archie Kirk plays in the snow as his school remains closed after the heavy snow of the last few days, in Brighton, southern England on December 3, 2010.
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A lamp covered with frozen snow shines on top of the Feldberg mountain near Frankfurt, central Germany, on a cold Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.
Children walk through heavy snow on November 30, 2010 in Goole, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions and heavy snow are continuing to cause disruptions across the country.
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Officers from Lancashire Police Force brave the snow to form a guard of honour for Soldiers of The 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment who marched through the streets of Blackburn following a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan on December 1, 2010 in Blackburn, England. The 120 soldiers exercised their right to the freedom of the city by taking part in a thanksgiving service at Blackburn Cathedral and parading through the streets.
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Robin hunter prepares to take a morning dip in the freezing waters of the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park on November 30, 2010 in London, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions and snow that has created chaos in Scotland and Northern England are moving South to the capital.
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Traders burn some of their wares as they brave the Arctic weather to attend the Newark International Antique Fair at Nottinghamshire Show Ground on December 2, 2010 in Newark, England. The antique fair is the biggest in Europe and attracts buyers and dealers from across the world. Organisers battled against the weather and kept the show open with snow ploughs and gritters.
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A girl covers her eyes as she sledges down a hill in the snow in Petworth, south east England as large areas of Britain were brought to a halt as freezing weather tightened its grip Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010. Travelers endured more misery with the wintry weather wrecking air and rail schedules and causing hazardous driving conditions. Edinburgh and Gatwick airports were closed and those trying to reach the continent by rail faced delays on Eurostar services.
Finn James Dennis, 5, lies back on his sled while he's pulled by his 7-year-old sister on his way to school in Hartney Wintney, southern England on December 2, 2010.
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Ice crystals are seen on a pane of glas screen near Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, on December 3, 2010, as northern Europa suffers an unseasonable cold snap, which has lasted nearly a week.
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Snow covers the steps leading to the Chateau de Versaille, as Japanese tourists take pictures in Versailles, west of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
Vineyards of white grapes are covered in snow in the Lavaux region on the shores of the Lake Geneva, in Aran, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
People walk along the Moskva river at the outskirts of Moscow on a Thursday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2010 as temperatures plummeted to -23 Celscius (-9 Fahrenheit).
A man walks past on the road as snow covers the field, in Pyrenees route of Erro, northern Spain, Thursday Dec. 2, 2010.