Up next, what's being called a bomb cyclone is about to drop on the Northeastern U.S. It's named for a rapidly declining low pressure system called a bombogenesis and it's expected to bring hurricane force wind gust to the region and six to 12 inches of snow in New England.
But as of yesterday afternoon, every East Coast state was under a weather advisory or winter storm threat. That includes Florida and the state capital Tallahassee hadn't seen measurable snow since 1989, it saw it this week. Schools were closed and shelters were opened — just part of the bitter winter weather that stretches across the country.
REPORTER: One third of the United States gripped by dangerous subzero temperatures. More than 100 million Americans under wind chill advisories.
The deep freeze killing at least 11 people, including a 27-year-old woman in Wisconsin who wandered from a New Year's Eve celebration with her friends.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It looks to just be a very tragic accident.REPORTER: In Texas, where four people have died of exposure, the Red Cross setting up additional warming centers across Houston.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're offering a place for people that needed to get out of the weather.
REPORTER: In the Midwest, the wind chill colder than on the surface of Mars. Waterways across the country, from rivers, to lakes, to waterfalls, frozen solid. Even Niagara Falls surrounded by sheets of ice.
The wintery mix wreaking havoc on roadways, including a massive 75-car pileup on Interstate 90 near Buffalo, New York. In Massachusetts, firefighters struggling to work in the bitter cold.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The water freezes on our equipment, on our air packs, on our masks.
REPORTER: The punishing chill even hitting as far south as Alabama and Florida.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Extra blankets, heaters, whatever it takes.
REPORTER: Officials preparing shelters and warning residents to stay indoors as they brace for ice and snow.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you don't have a reason to be out, don't be out.
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