More than 215 million people are grappling with bone-chilling weather Wednesday as an Arctic blast grips the eastern two-thirds of the US.
“Freeze warnings continue into the Deep South, with freezing temperatures in Florida this morning,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
The deep freeze is wreaking havoc on travel and has contributed to at least four deaths.
But there’s a shred of good news: After another frigid night Wednesday, temperatures will get closer to normal Thursday.
Drivers face deadly road conditions
Treacherous weather likely contributed to fatal crashes in at least two states, authorities said, with more dangerous conditions to come.
In Ohio, a 16-car pileup during a heavy snowfall Tuesday killed a 21-year-old woman, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Several other people were hospitalized after the massive crash.
The brutal weather has also grounded flights and left passengers stranded.
The frigid temps crush 108-year-old records
“Hundreds of cold temperature records have been set over the last few days, including some dating back over a century to 1911,” Hennen said.
And by Thursday morning, the Mid-Atlantic region to Maine could suffer record-low temps, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
The NWS compared this Arctic outbreak to the 1911 “Blue Norther.” Within a day, record-breaking cold temps in the 20s were followed by record-warm temperatures near 80 degrees for much of the Plains to the East Coast.
While this week’s temperatures will rise across much of the country Thursday, they’ll still be 10 to 20 degrees below average, Guy said.
CNN’s Tina Burnside, Jason Hanna and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.