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Must-see: Winter storm brings snow to parts of Hawaii

Apparently, not even paradise is safe from winter's chill.

According to The Associated Press and KHON-TV, a storm brought strong winds and snow to parts of Hawaii over the weekend.

>> Watch a video of a Maui snowstorm here

Although the islands' mountains occasionally get snow, the state's Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a Facebook post Sunday that snow fell at a state park "for perhaps the first time ever."

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"Polipoli State Park on Maui is blanketed with snow," the post said. "It could also be the lowest elevation snow ever recorded in the state. Polipoli is at 6,200 feet elevation."

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One video, taken by Evan Mazingo and shared by KHON-TV, quickly went viral, with tens of thousands of views on Instagram.

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Pregnant woman, unborn child killed in snowmobile crash

A pregnant woman from Massachusetts and her unborn child were killed in a snowmobile crash in Maine, according to Maine Game Warden Cpl. John MacDonald.

>> What is a polar vortex?

Elizabeth Abelson, a 30-year-old Gloucester native, was snowmobiling on a trail near Irish Neighborhood Road with her husband shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday when game wardens say she lost control of her snowmobile.

Game wardens say Abelson was ejected and struck trees, and she and her unborn child, due in early March, were pronounced dead at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

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MacDonald said the couple had recently purchased a 2019 Ski-Doo Grand Touring snowmobile that Abelson had been driving at the time of the crash, and she was wearing a helmet.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Boiling water challenge sends 8 people to hospital during polar vortex

Have you seen videos of people throwing boiling water into the air to watch it freeze instantly? It’s the latest viral challenge, and it’s sending people to the hospital.

>> What is a polar vortex?

Within the last few weeks, parts of the United States have been affected by the polar vortex, which occurs when circulating winds from the northern pole travel southward and cause below freezing temperatures.

To test just how cold the weather has been, folks have been tossing boiling water into the sky to turn it into tiny ice crystals.

Eight people who took part in the challenge have been treated at the burn center of Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The patients treated range in age from 3 to 53, and they’ve had injuries to their feet, arms, hands and face with varying degrees of burns.

A burn can penetrate all layers of the skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can leave it charred with white, black or brown patches. Symptoms of severe cases can include persistent pain and redness, swelling, fever, blisters that are larger than two inches or that ooze. Doctors may treat burns with bandages, antibiotics or even tetanus shots. 

The stunt hasn’t only affected those throwing the water. Witnesses of it have been affected, too. The water can blow back and burn those watching if a gust of wind suddenly comes. 

>> 'Bird Box' challenge prompts Netflix to issue safety warning

“We strongly warn people to not perform the boiling water challenge,” Loyola burn surgeon Arthur Sanford told the Chicago Sun-Times. “There is no safe way to do it.”

Don't leave your car running unattended during cold weather, police warn

As frigid temperatures continue in parts of the country, police are warning car owners to not leave their vehicles unattended while warming them up.

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In Washington state, Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer told Seattle's KIRO-TV that in the past two days, 30 percent of stolen cars were due to owners running their vehicles unattended. 

>> Letting car idle in cold weather could be illegal

On Monday, one victim told KIRO that she was washing her dog in the back while she had her van warming up. Someone saw the van running, got inside and tried to drive off. After seeing the suspect, she yelled at her and the suspect ran away. The victim then chased after the suspect and deputies tracked down the suspect. 

“I felt like the van moved a little bit and it sounded and felt like somebody was getting to the vehicle,” said victim Ingra Aamodt. “I leave it out here running all the time. You know, who’s going to steal a mobile van?”

After Monday’s scare, Aamodt said she’ll make sure all her doors are locked. 

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“Even if you’re watching your car from your front door, somebody could hop right in your car and be gone,” said Aamodt. 

Deputies are giving out a warning before the weather system later this week that is expected to bring snow to western Washington.

“That was one of the ones we got lucky on, but that also could have been something even worse,” said Troyer. “Starting your car, leaving your keys in your car? Bad idea.”

Photos: Super wolf blood moon lunar eclipse delights skygazers

The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear.

Super wolf blood moon: 10 stunning photos from the lunar eclipse

Astronomy buffs got a special treat Sunday as a combined lunar eclipse, blood moon and supermoon added a red glow to the night sky.

>> PHOTOS: Super wolf blood moon lunar eclipse delights skygazers

>> Super wolf blood moon: A viewing guide for the coolest sounding lunar eclipse

Social media users are sharing their snapshots with the hashtag #SuperBloodWolfMoon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Photo by @PatrickDillons, Twitter

2. New York City

Photo by @maximusupinnyc, Instagram

3. Austin, Texas

Photo by @zandi_photography, Instagram

4. Toronto

Photos by @TorSunphoto21, Twitter

5. Walland, Tennessee

Photo by @OneLanePhoto, Twitter

6. Colorado

Photo by @jason_odell, Twitter

7. Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada

Photo by @ryanlucenkiw, Instagram

8. Olin, Iowa

Photos by @BillWeirCNN, Twitter

9. Martinez, California

Photo by @jcfphotog, Twitter

10. New York City

Photo by @guygabriel57, Instagram

How to keep your kids entertained when stuck at home by severe weather

When severe weather keeps you inside your home with your children, there are things you can do to keep kids entertained while you keep your sanity.

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If you're home for the day, or a few days, here are a few things you can do to stay entertained without going crazy or running up your data plans.

If you still have power:

Do some family-friendly baking:

One way to keep kids occupied is with a slew of simple cooking tasks (cracking eggs, manning the mixing bowl) and the promise of sweets.

Cooking Light has a roundup of “kid-friendly desserts,” including gluten-free s'more bars, chewy caramel apple cookies and more. If you run through that list, the Food Network has another.

And not having kids is no reason not to bake in bad weather: for company, just sub in the closet available roommates, family, friends or pets. (This advice applies to the rest of the list.)

Check out these party games:

Jackbox's Drawful is a bizarre twist on Pictionary: players score points not just for drawing the best possible version of, say, "angry ants"; but also for getting other players to guess their answer for a given drawing instead of the correct one.

Drawful comes packaged as part of the Jackbox Party Pack and is available to buy and download here, and is compatible with the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Amazon Fire TV and others. All you need to play is a phone, tablet or controller. 

But if you're feeling more competitive and less artistic, consider QuizUp. Available for both iPhone and Android. This competitive trivia app pits two players against each other in seven rounds of questions in one of several hundred different categories, including pop culture and academia. And it's free. 

Get crafty:

Create a crafting area in your home. Fill it with crafting materials like tape, paper and boxes. When inspiration strikes your child, they can create fun things in their own “workshop.”

Without power:

Get clever:

When the house goes dark, kids’ imaginations light up. A trip to the bathroom with a flashlight can become an adventure, and reading stories by candlelight will stick with them more than just another movie night. 

Get ahead of a power outage:

Stock up on glow sticks. Kids can really have fun with these simple light sticks. Once you crack them, they provide a bright light for up to 12 hours and a dim light for as long as 36 hours. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors, and can provide hours of fun for children.

Build a fort:

Kids love building forts just for fun anyway. So if you find yourself in the dark without power, gather up pillows and blankets, and plan on moving some furniture around to help your little ones build the perfect fortress. You can even make it more like an adventure. Plan to snuggle in for the night, and maybe tell a few ghost stories, too.

Photos: Winter storm brings snow, ice to Midwest, Mid-Atlantic

A massive winter snowstorm blanketed several Midwest states Jan. 12 and 13.

WATCH: Swimsuit-clad North Carolina family frolics in snow in hilarious viral video

When a winter storm hits, many people just want to stay warm, curl up by a crackling fire and drink some hot cocoa. 

>> PHOTOS: Winter storm blankets South in snow, ice

Apparently, the Gilliam family of Alamance County, North Carolina, had other ideas, according to WGHP.

>> #Snowmageddon2018: Photos, videos show winter wonderland

After snow and ice blanketed much of the South this weekend, the family, clad only in swimsuits, bravely headed outside to show off their dance moves in a hilarious video.

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The clip, which the Gilliams posted on Facebook and shared with WGHP, quickly went viral, racking up more than 165,000 views and 2,000 shares in just 10 hours.

"SWIMSUIT SNOW CHALLENGE! Crazy!" the High Point TV station captioned the clip.

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Photos: Winter storm blankets South in snow, ice

A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.

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