Story highlightsMassive winter storm paralyzes parts of the Northeast At least 17 people have died this week due to severe weather
(CNN)A one-two punch of dangerously frigid temperatures and gusty winds will wallop parts of the Northeast and Midwest on Friday and Saturday after a major storm left piles of snow and thousands of power outages along the East Coast.
Millions in these regions will bundle up against temperatures in the single digits and teens during the day and near or below zero at night. Photos: Frigid temperatures strike US Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA jogger is bundled up against the cold near the Chicago River on Thursday, January 4, in Chicago. Blasts of arctic air have brought weather-related deaths, record low temperatures and historic amounts of snowfall to parts of the United States.Hide Caption 1 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USWorkers on January 4 place sandbags in front of Aquarium subway station to protect against flooding from Boston Harbor in Boston. Hide Caption 2 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA thin layer of ice covers ornamental plants on January 4 in Plant City, Florida. Temperatures in central Florida dipped to below freezing. Growers spray water on the plants to help protect them from extreme cold.Hide Caption 3 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USRebecca Hollis drags her suitcases through New York’s Times Square on January 4.Hide Caption 4 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA man walks through the streets of Boston as snow begins to fall from a massive winter storm on January 4.Hide Caption 5 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA seagull takes flight in Hull, Massachusetts, on January 4.Hide Caption 6 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USOmar Elkhalidi scrapes ice off his windshield in Savannah, Georgia, on January 3. Few motorists ventured out in freezing rain that coated bridges and ramps with ice, forcing police to close roads and highways.Hide Caption 7 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA rare snowfall leaves a street virtually deserted in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, January 3. Hide Caption 8 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA tree and rowhouse are partially covered by ice after a water main break in Catonsville, Maryland, on January 3.Hide Caption 9 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA New Jersey State Police boat maneuvers through ice on the Delaware River on January 3.Hide Caption 10 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA check-in area stands empty at Boston’s Logan International Airport on January 3. Thousands of flights have been canceled across the country.Hide Caption 11 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA light layer of snow dusts oak trees and Spanish moss in Savannah, Georgia, on January 3.Hide Caption 12 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA woman in Chicago walks to work in sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday, January 2.Hide Caption 13 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USIcicles form on a outdoor string of lights in Houston on January 2.Hide Caption 14 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USFirefighter Bobby Lehman, with his helmet and gear caked in ice, tries to thaw out after battling a fire in Nahant, Masschusetts, on Monday, January 1.Hide Caption 15 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA barge cuts through ice on the Ohio River as it passes under the West End Bridge, along the North Shore district in Pittsburgh on January 1.Hide Caption 16 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USTwo photographers are silhouetted against the frozen surface of the Reflecting Pool in Washington as they capture the first sunrise of the new year.Hide Caption 17 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USVisitors view Niagara Falls in New York on Sunday, December 31.Hide Caption 18 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USThe Cloud Gate sculpture is blanketed with snow in Chicago’s Millennium Park on December 31.Hide Caption 19 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USSamantha Dement-Graham shovels her neighbor’s sidewalk in Dubuque, Iowa, on Friday, December 29.Hide Caption 20 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA man in Erie, Pennsylvania, walks with his groceries in a cart on December 29.Hide Caption 21 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USJose Nieto uses a leaf blower to clear snow from the steps of a sick neighbor’s house in Bloomington, Illinois, on December 29.Hide Caption 22 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA man digs his car out in his driveway in Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 29.Hide Caption 23 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USPeople walk through a frigid New York City on Thursday, December 28.Hide Caption 24 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USKarlee Winter and her brother Samuel Espinoza shovel snow from their neighbor’s sidewalk in Dubuque, Iowa, on December 28.Hide Caption 25 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USTwo women take a selfie in front of a partially frozen fountain in New York City on Wednesday, December 27.Hide Caption 26 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USPeople try to keep warm in New York’s Times Square on December 27.Hide Caption 27 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USA person walks by a steam vent in Boston on December 27.Hide Caption 28 of 29 Photos: Frigid temperatures strike USSmoke rises from Chicago skyscrapers on Tuesday, December 26.Hide Caption 29 of 29But wind chills will make it feel far colder: as low as 20 to 40 degrees below zero in parts of the Northeast.The brutal cold comes after a “bomb cyclone” dumped more than a foot of snow across eight states, knocking out power for tens of thousands and deluging streets in Massachusetts with icy water.The storm has moved away, but strong winds remain in the Northeast, challenging crews who are trying to restore power and disruptions to indoor heating — a major concern with these dangerously chilly conditions.Read MoreThe storm heaped plenty of misery across the region. Waves from the sea washed into Boston streets — the tide in the harbor matched a record of 15.1 feet set during the blizzard of 1978. Stunned residents had to flee their homes in coastal Massachusetts as frigid waters poured into their streets and engulfed their cars in ice. Latest developments• Fast-moving weather: The storm moved quickly, and the center of the system and its highest winds stayed offshore, CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said. • Freezing cold: Wind and cold temperatures will be threats on Friday and Saturday. Wind chills will be brutal this weekend, with some areas in the Northeast feeling like it is 40 below zero. Saturday is expected to be the coldest day. • Deadly conditions: At least 17 people have died this week due to severe weather, officials said. Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, three in North Carolina, and one each in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Virginia. In photos: Brutal cold torments the US• Going dark: More than 7,800 people along the East Coast were without power, according to reports from five states. The power outages is a major concern, especially for those in dangerously low temperatures. Emerging from the stormOn Thursday, streets in coastal Massachusetts turned into slushy rivers as the storm triggered flooding. Firefighters and the National Guard scrambled to rescue dozens of residents stranded by freezing water pushing from the Atlantic. First responders braved the frigid waters using rubber rescue boats and high-water vehicles.In Hull, Massachusetts, just to the southeast of Boston, the icy mess inundated street with water above the wheel wells of cars and coming up to the doors of homes.Some were forced to flee their homes. In one case, the fire department used a front-loader to rescue a woman from the second floor of her home, photos from neighbor Jennifer Olivieri show.Water filled the streets of Hull, Massachusetts, southeast of Boston. Restoring power will be a challenge in some areas.
#BPDWinterStormSafetyAlert: Unless your car has a plow in the front and a salter in the back, there's really no reason for you or your vehicle to be out on the roadways hindering snow removal efforts in Boston. #StaySafeStayHome pic.twitter.com/qwR9x7fqy6
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) January 4, 2018 Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said Thursday that about 2,000 people in his state were without power and that getting the lights back on could take longer than usual because of wind.Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia reported at least a foot of snow Thursday.
— Quincy Police (@quincymapolice) January 4, 2018 Dedham, Massachusetts, had 19 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, 13.4 inches came down in Boston; 9 inches covered the ground in Manhattan; 10.2 fell in Hartford, Connecticut; and 14.1 inches were measured in Providence, Rhode Island.Track severe weather across the country Travel disrupted on East CoastMore than 1,000 flights have been canceled Friday, following the 4,300-plus ones called off a day earlier, the tracking service FlightAware said.New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport resumed flights Friday morning. Travel disruptions affected Greyhound buses and Amtrak, which reduced or canceled service. Officials urged drivers to stay off the roads, saying too many people were getting their cars stuck. “We want to clear the streets,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday. Winter storm wipes out thousands of flightsWith the snow largely over, cold air is settling through swaths of the Midwest and East Coast. Dozens of cities are set to endure record-breaking cold, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
Temperatures will be falling through the day as Arctic airmass moves overhead. Wind Chill Warnings & Advisories have been issued. Use caution if heading outdoors. pic.twitter.com/k9btyv4WOd
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 5, 2018 “Temperatures will be falling through the day as Arctic airmass moves overhead,” the National Weather Service in Boston said via Twitter early Friday.