"We think there are going to be scattered records broken for low temperatures", said Peterson, adding how the weather service expects 28 major cities across New England, eastern NY and the mid-Atlantic states will have record low temperatures by dawn on Sunday. Streets remained icy as police and transportation officials closed roads and urged caution.
In the Southeast, winter storm warnings were issued in such usually mild locations as Tallahassee, Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head and Charleston, S.C., North Carolina's Outer Banks and Wilmington, N.C. Philadelphia declared a snow emergency. They include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for 28 counties because of the frigid weather.
Airports shut down in Savannah, Charleston and elsewhere as airlines cancelled 500 flights Wednesday, and at least 1,700 more were cancelled Thursday.
The weather service said up to an inch of snow could fall as far south as Tallahassee, Florida.
TRAVEL ALERT: We now have 77 incidents between Jasper/Charleston.
Meteorologists have been using the term "bomb" for storms for decades, but the phrase went viral on social media on Wednesday. This is only the second time since the 1980s that Norfolk has been under a blizzard warning.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski notes that as the pressure inside the storm system plunges rapidly during bombogenesis, the surrounding air rushes in at high speed and can cause property damage, falling trees and power outages. School systems on the Alabama coast waived uniform requirements so students could bundle up.
Florida State University and Florida A&M University temporarily closed due to the severe weather conditions. Temperatures were running well below normal for this time of year, and the lows are expected to hover right around freezing. Her home has exterior walls and floors but no insulation, no central heating and only a few working electrical outlets. Luckily, most of its fury will be spent off the coast before it is forecast to crash into Cape Cod, Maine, and then into Canada. African elephants, lions and gorillas were sheltered out of public view.
Firefighters rescue three people after a vehicle was stuck in icy water in Boyds, Maryland, US. "I mean, this is freezing cold".