A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. Several deaths have been reported, most resulting from treacherous driving conditions. More than a thousand flights have been canceled, football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations including town tree lightings and parades curtailed.
Freezing rain, sleet and snow brought most of Arkansas to a near standstill Friday, and Gov. Mike Beebe declared a statewide emergency.
Authorities said weather was a contributing factor in at least two deaths. One person died in Pope County when a tree fell on a camper near Dover. Another who was killed when his car hit a tree in a single-vehicle crash on an incy road, though state police said he may have had a medical problem that contributed to the crash.
As many as 44,000 homes and businesses were without power, and utilities warned customers that the outages could last for up to a week.
Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said.
One victim was found dead Nov. 28, and the other deaths were discovered in the last two days, Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Dave Lera said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
Lera said three of the victims died at homeless encampments in San Jose, while a fourth died in a garage "with the door opened."
Temperatures in San Jose fell to 30 degrees Friday morning, breaking the record low of 32 degrees for that date, which was set in 1904. The low on Nov. 28 was 45 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Colorado residents were bracing for another round of snow this weekend as blistering cold temperatures continue across the state.
The weather service issued a winter storm watch through Sunday for the Western Slope. Forecasters say up to a foot more of snow is expected in the mountains.
A storm that marched across Illinois on Friday dumped a foot of snow or more in some areas.
Temperatures Saturday were expected to get no higher than the high teens or low 20s.
The weather led to the cancellation of the 23rd annual Fantastic Parade that was scheduled for Saturday night in Carbondale was canceled.
Two people were killed on treacherous roads and schools and businesses were closed as a storm that dumped ice and as much as 10 inches of snow on much of Indiana stretched into its second day Friday.
The roads proved even too hazardous for a Department of Transportation plow truck that flipped onto its side on Indiana 45.
Kentucky residents said goodbye to temperatures in the 70s as sleet, snow and plummeting temperatures moved into the state Friday.
The western and central parts of the state were under winter storm warnings, and a flood watch was in effect into Saturday morning.
Some cities in Minnesota canceled weekend parades because of the bitter cold.
Highs Saturday were forecast to range from 5 to 10 below in northern Minnesota to around 5 above in the far southeast. St. Cloud's Winter Nights and Lights Parade and Santa Fun Run were canceled because of the dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast.
A dangerous mix of snow, ice and sleet that hammered southern Missouri for a second straight day Friday caused numerous accidents, including a wreck that killed a small-town mayor.
There were reports of sleet a quarter-inch thick in the Cape Girardeau area, with snow on top of it.
Making matters worse was the bitter cold, with wind chills dipping to near zero.
Northern Nevada shivered Friday in bone-chilling temperatures, and forecasters said colder weather was yet to come in the state, with tourists possibly seeing snow flurries over the weekend against the neon marquees of the Las Vegas Strip.
National Weather Service meteorologist Clay Morgan in Las Vegas said trace accumulations of snow were possible Saturday in hillside neighborhoods north and west of downtown Sin City, but measurable snow wasn't likely amid the casino resorts on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Forecasters warned that New Jersey drivers could face slippery conditions over the weekend as a wintry mix of snow and sleet moved into the state beginning Friday night into Saturday.
Authorities said a Sandoval County sheriff's sergeant struck by a vehicle on Interstate 25 while directing traffic after a snowstorm in New Mexico died. Sgt. Robert Baron had been with the sheriff's department for seven years.
People in parts of southwestern and central Ohio expected a brief reprieve from the snowfall that created hazardous driving conditions Friday before another round of snow was expected to move into the state Sunday.
A storm dumped several inches of sleet, ice and snow on much of Oklahoma.
Officials said at least two deaths were caused by the storm. A 5-year-old boy from Fort Gibson was killed Thursday in a vehicle crash, and Oklahoma City police reported that an unidentified man was discovered dead under an overpass.
In the hard-hit town of Hugo, about 160 miles south of Tulsa, residents and business owners said tree limbs cracked and power lines snapped under the weight of a layer of ice.
Snow began to let up in Oregon, but forecasters said arctic air would intensify the cold snap through the weekend.
The National Weather Service said conditions by the middle of next week could be milder and wetter.
This weekend's Dallas Marathon was canceled after an ice storm snarled travel in North Texas and left more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses without electricity. Schools canceled classes a day before, many businesses gave workers the day off, and frigid roads and sidewalks were mostly empty.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle canceled nearly 1,000 flights Friday due to foul weather in Texas. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled almost 90 flights.
Temperatures were forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend, meaning residents may still have to contend with icy roads.
The National Weather Service says the cold snap has brought the coldest temperatures in three years to western Washington.
Meteorologist Josh Smith in Seattle says the forecast Saturday of 18 at Sea-Tac Airport would be the coldest since November 2010 and tie the record low set on Dec. 7 in 1972.
Organizers canceled Saturday's holiday parade in Walla Walla, saying they didn't want to expose the expected 5,000 spectators to temperatures forecast to be no warmer than 11 degrees.
The temperature Thursday at Pullman's airport was a record-breaking minus-3.