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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.

#Snowmageddon2018: Photos, videos show South blanketed in snow, ice

A winter storm system is slamming the South this weekend, bringing snow, ice and sleet to the region – especially the Carolinas. The dangerous mix also knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.

>> On WSOCTV.com: Winter storm slams the Carolinas: Live updates

Stunned Southerners, journalists, meteorologists and even comedian Patton Oswalt took to social media to share their photos and videos of the wintry mix. Check out some of them below:

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1. Raleigh, North Carolina

Video by Patton Oswalt

2. Old Fort, North Carolina

Photo by @moaleck, Twitter

3. Raleigh, North Carolina

Photo by @lazarusrang, Twitter

4. Watauga County, North Carolina

Video by @Cmoore704, Twitter

5. Apex, North Carolina

Photo by @MsRosales_AFMS, Twitter

6. Lubbock, Texas

Photo by @pup_smudge, Twitter

7. North Raleigh/Wake Forest, North Carolina

Photo by @jencan823, Twitter

8. Asheville, North Carolina

Video by @DHenryTV, Twitter

9. Cary, North Carolina

Video by F@FeistyFeminista, Twitter

10. Durham County, North Carolina

Photos by the Durham County Sheriff's Office

Photos: Snowstorm blankets Midwest, snarls holiday traffic

A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: 9 must-see photos of the celestial light show

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.

>> On AJC.com: Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: How to see this weekend’s celestial spectacle

Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram

2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram

4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada

Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram

5. Blauen, Germany

Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook

6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana

Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram

7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram

8. Oregon

Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram

9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @_belial, Instagram

Photos: California wildfires kill dozens, destroy entire town

Dozens of people are dead as wildfires blaze through northern and southern California. Officials say the entire town of Paradise was destroyed.

North Carolina mom charged after son dies in Hurricane Florence floods

Authorities filed criminal charges against a North Carolina woman for driving around barricades on N.C. Highway 218 last month during Hurricane Florence, an act that led to the drowning of her 1-year-old son, officials said.

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>> On WSOCTV.com: Body of missing 1-year-old swept away by floodwaters found in Union County

Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, of Charlotte, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a closed/unopened highway.

They said the mother continued driving on N.C. 218 until her vehicle came across rushing water flowing across the road. Her car left the road but eventually stopped among a group of trees at Richardson Creek near New Salem. 

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Authorities said the mother was able to free herself and Kaiden Lee-Welch from the vehicle, but she lost her grip on him in the rushing water. 

This type of weather could increase your heart attack risk, study says

There are several factors that could increase your heart risk, including a poor diet and obesity. However, the weather may also contribute to that risk, according to a new report

>> On AJC.com: Eat this meat twice a week to avoid heart attacks and strokes

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Cardiology, to determine the association between different weather conditions and the incidence of cardiac arrest. 

To do so, they examined 3 million weather data points from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and more than 275,000 heart attacks from the country’s online cardiac registry. They looked at the data from 1998 to 2013.

After analyzing the information, they found that days with below-freezing temperatures, which is 32 degrees Fahrenheit and below, had the highest incidence of heart attack. The rates of heart attacks declined when temperatures rose to about 37 degrees. 

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The analysts also calculated that each temperature increase of 13 degrees Fahrenheit was linked to a 2.8 percent decrease in heart attack risk and that the association between snowy, windy weather and heart attacks was strong, particularly in the northernmost region. 

“In this large, nationwide study, low air temperature, low atmospheric air pressure, high wind velocity, and shorter sunshine duration were associated with risk of myocardial infarction [heart attacks], with the most evident association observed for air temperature,” the authors wrote. “This study adds to knowledge on the role of weather as a potential trigger of myocardial infarction.”

The analysts said there are several physiological mechanisms that could explain the relationship between weather and cardiac arrest. They believe the cold temperatures can constrict the blood vessels in the heart, which they said could “induce plaque fracture.” They added “season-dependent behavioral patterns” like less physical activity, dietary changes and depression, may also contribute to higher occurrences of heart attacks during colder months.

>> On AJC.com: You can avoid strokes and heart attacks with these two household fruits, study says

How can you lower your risk? The researchers recommended reducing cold exposure by staying inside and wearing warm clothes. To learn more about findings, take a look at the full report here. 

Canada earthquakes: Several quakes reported near Vancouver Island

Three powerful earthquakes, as well as several smaller ones, struck late Sunday and early Monday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, near Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.

According to the USGS, the first quake – magnitude 6.6 – hit about 10:39 p.m. PDT about 135 miles (218 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy, Canada. It occurred at a depth of about 6.8 miles (11 kilometers).

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Less than 40 minutes later, a second quake with a recorded magnitude of 6.8 struck nearby, about 122 miles (197 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. It occurred at a depth of about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers.)

A third 6.5-magnitude quake was reported at 11:22 p.m. PDT about 138 miles (223 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. Its depth was also about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

Several smaller quakes followed, including a 4.9-magnitude temblor at 11:36 p.m. PDT.

No damage or tsunami warnings have been reported.

Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: 7 stunning photos of nature's light show

The Orionid meteor shower, which occurs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 every year thanks to debris from Halley's Comet, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky.

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Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo by John Ashley Fine Art Photography, Facebook

2. Standen, East Grinstead, England

Photo by @simon_halstead, Twitter

3. Japan

Photo by Kouji Ohnishi, Facebook

4. Normanton, England

Photo by @Michiko_Smith, Twitter

5. Iceland

Photo by @clukinmarvelous, Instagram

6. Long Island, New York

Photo by @GSBImagesMBusch, Twitter

7. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Photo by @charnick_wx, Twitter

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