Tuesday's forecast for the eastern half of the U.S. shows big bands of rain, freezing rain and snow. National Weather Service hide caption

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As snow fell in Rapid City, S.D., Friday Brenda Nolting took groceries to her car. An early snow storm swept through Wyoming and western South Dakota, dropping more than two fee of snow in some areas. Steve McEnroe/AP hide caption

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In St. Louis on Sunday the sliding — even without a sled — was good. The area got 6 to 12 inches of new snow over the weekend. Bill Greenblatt/UPI /Landov hide caption

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The sign says one thing. The snow pile says another. In Boston on Tuesday, a woman walked between a store sign heralding the start of spring and a snow pile still lingering from this winter's storms. Brian Snyder /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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While severe winter weather has caused problems for many in the Great Plains, it has also provided some opportunities for fun. On Monday, Simon Mourning (front) and Chance Cain went sliding in Wichita, Kansas. Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle /MCT /Landov hide caption

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An orange clownfish named Marlin searches for his son in an ocean full of perils in the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. Pixar Animation Studios/AP hide caption

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The National Weather Service's latest forecast of the snow totals across New England. Most places can expect 18-24 inches of new snow. It will start falling Friday and the storm is expected to last through Saturday. Weather.gov hide caption

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