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Winter's icy grip

This image shows the snow-covered northeastern United States as observed on Feb. 16, 2015, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. Yet another potent winter storm battered the northeastern United States on Feb. 14-15, 2015. The nor'easter brought 12 to 20 inches of snow across much of eastern New England, along with tropical storm force winds over 60 miles per hour. On Feb. 16-17, more snow and ice fell across the eastern United States from northern Mississippi all the way to Maine. (NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Winter's icy grip

It's been a tough winter throughout most of the United States, with below average temperatures and above average snowfalls. It's difficult to look at the ice, snow and slush as anything but an inconvenience, but these photographers seem to have captured the beauty of winter in the icicles both large and small.

Firefighters working to extinguish a blaze in Philadelphia amid bone-chilling temperatures left behind a building coated in icicles. An ice climber took advantage of the winter weather to climb an ice-covered cliff near Richard Russell Scenic Highway, one of Georgia's highest elevations.

Storms left trees ice-covered in Nashville and downed high-voltage lines on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, Georgia.

But don't worry. Pitchers and catchers from many major league teams reported for spring training Wednesday. Warmer weather must be just around the corner.

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