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.
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