winter-storm-APCold temperatures have socked much of the country early, bringing freezing temperatures and mounds of snow in some of the earliest winter weather in decades. Winter has debuted early in the USA. So early, in fact, that river ice has already ended the shipping season on the upper Mississippi river. The shipping season was ended early on November 20, the earliest shut down since records were first started in 1969. This month areas of Michigan and Western New York were slammed with snow up to six feet in depth in some places snarling traffic and causing buildings roofs to collapse under the strain. But the early snowfall didn’t wait until November to hit the nation. As early as the day after Labor Day Barrow, Alaska found one of its earliest significant snowfalls in recent memory. More