On Friday, the National Weather Service (NWS) predicted dangerously low temperatures moving into the weekend as frigid air lingering over the North Pole prowled towards the USA mid-Atlantic region.
Over the past week, there have still been more record highs set (381) than record lows (353) in the USA, with most of the record highs registered out West and in Alaska.
Winds chills will be well below zero this weekend, with some areas feeling like it is minus 40.
The arctic cold should loosen up soon, but don't pack away your earmuffs yet.More news: Telos Capital Management Inc. Has $2.14 Million Stake in Schlumberger Limited. (SLB)
The weather service issued wind chill warnings for various days this weekend for parts of Vermont, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Maine and New Hampshire. Or as meteorologists say, it's the "feels-like" temperature. Some said their cars felt like icebox even though they had the heat on full blast.
Outside Boston, Massachusetts, a state Water Resources Authority worker collapsed into a snowbank while shoveling snow and died on Friday.
Saturday's cold snap has been called risky because it will make it easier for people to experience hypothermia and frostbite.
On Thursday morning it was 20 degrees in Tallahassee, Florida, which was more than 10 degrees colder than Anchorage, Alaska, where it was 33 degrees. The weather service noted that the wind chills in question could cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin and that winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.More news: United Kingdom minister resigns after rejecting PM's reshuffle
The cold and snowy weather have been blamed for at least 18 deaths in the past few days, including four in North Carolina traffic accidents and three in Texas. The victim was taken to a hospital and later died from the injuries.
In Chesterfield, Virginia, a 9-year-old girl died Thursday when she rode her sled down a driveway into the path of a pickup, police Lt. Dennis S. Proffitt said. A Meals on Wheels driver found his body lying in front of his wheelchair on the porch of the man's home.
In one of the latest fatalities attributed to the weather, a vehicle slid off an icy road, killing a pedestrian early on Friday in North Charleston, South Carolina, city officials said.
In New England, powerful winds brought coastal flooding that reached historic levels in some communities. And the tide in the city - 15.16 feet - broke the record set during the blizzard of 1978, the National Weather Service said. Waves from the sea washed into Boston streets.More news: Rio Tinto to sell aluminium smelter for $US500m
The storm flooded streets in some communities in coastal MA, turning roads into slushy rivers.