Arctic blast leaves half the country in deep freeze

Sign up for the NEWS newsletterYou have been successfully added to our newsletter.Let our news meet your inboxNewsArctic blast leaves half the country in deep freezeMuch of the Midwest and East Coast are facing a brutal cold snap, with the bitter weather expected to stick around through the New Year.PennsylvaniaTimothy Gigone, 51, of Erie, skis south on Sassafras Street near the intersection of West 14th Street on Dec. 30, 2017.Forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of snow could fall in most areas before the precipitation end by late Saturday afternoon. But several inches of snow were expected in Erie, which was under a lake effect snow warning issued by the National Weather Service.— Jack Hanrahan / Erie Times-News via APShareColoradoAspen-resident Benji Gardner plays with his toy truck in the snow outside of the Wheeler Opera House on Dec. 29.— Anna Stonehouse / The Aspen Times via APShareNew YorkCanada’s Cale Makar, left, ties up Adam Fox of the United States during the second-period of the IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary round outdoor hockey game action at New Era Field in Orchard Park on Dec. 29.— Mark Blinch / The Canadian Press via APShareMassachusettsThe cold snap continues as a man walks on the pier along side a frozen section of the harbor at Fort Taber Park in the south end of New Bedford on Dec. 29.— Peter Pereira / Standard Times via APSharePennsylvaniaBrendan Rancier pulls a pumpkinseed sunfish from Lackawanna Lake as he jigs for fish under the ice at Lackawanna State Park on Dec. 29.— Jake Danna Stevens / The Times and Tribune via APShareOntarioVisitors take photographs at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls as cold weather spreads through much of the province on Dec. 29.A bitter Arctic chill settled across Canada and much of the United States, forcing people indoors, leaving motorists stranded with dead car batteries and complicating firefighting duties.— Aaron Lynett / The Canadian Press via APShareNew YorkPeople pause while walking through a frigid Manhattan on Dec. 28. Dangerously low temperatures and wind chills throughout the central and eastern United States are making outdoor activity difficult for many Americans. Little relief from the below normal temperatures is expected the first week of the New Year.— Spencer Platt / Getty ImagesShareNew YorkA baby is protected against the cold in Times Square on Dec. 28.— Andrew Kelly / ReutersShareQuebecA person rides through the Lanoraie forest on a dogsled on Dec. 28 in Lanoraie.Environment Canada increased the number of extreme cold warnings around the country, bulletins issued only when the cold “creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.” The Arctic temperatures are expected to last into early 2018, Environment Canada said.— Timothy A. Clary / AFP – Getty ImagesShareMassachusettsA pedestrian crosses the street as the temperature hovers in the single-digits on Dec. 28 in downtown Boston.— Bill Sikes / APShareMassachusettsWith temperatures in the single digits, Ray Levesque, mate of the crab/lobster boat Bradbill, makes his way across the deck covered in ice to tie off, after arriving in New Bedford harbor on Dec. 28 from a one day fishing voyage.— Peter Pereira / Standard Times via APShareKansasParker Still tries to fish through the ice from a dock at Lake Shawnee in Topeka on Dec. 27.— Chris Neal / The Topeka Capital-Journal via APShareIllinoisA pedestrian walks along the Chicago River on Dec. 27 in Chicago.— Kamil Krzaczynski / Getty ImagesSharePennsylvaniaErie residents on East 24th Street dig out on Dec. 26 after a record two-day snowfall. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the storm brought 34 inches on Christmas Day, a new all-time daily snowfall record for Erie.— Greg Wohlford / Erie Times-News via APSharePennsylvaniaJoe and Grace Ferrera cross country ski on South Shore Drive after two days of record-breaking snowfall in Erie on Dec. 27.— Robert Frank / ReutersSharePennsylvaniaBrevillier Village Episcopal Community leaves a plea for the snow to stop after two days of snowfall in Erie on Dec. 27.— Robert Frank / ReutersShareTorontoA man walks his dog across the snow covered beach while a cargo ship sits in the steaming fog of Lake Ontario on Dec. 27.— Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via APShareMinnesotaWith temperatures hovering around zero, a few mountain-goers celebrated the season on the fresh man made snow at Buck Hill in Burnsville on Dec. 26.— Brian Peterson / Star Tribune via APShareIllinoisLake Michigan is steaming in the morning as temperatures dipped below zero at North Avenue Beach on Dec. 26 in Chicago.— Nancy Stone / APShareMinnesotaJack Frost makes an appearance in Rochester on Dec. 25 as the mercury hovered near the zero degree mark.— Elizabeth Nida Obert / The Rochester Post-Bulletin via APShareIllinoisFans sit in their seats as snow falls before the start of the NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on Dec. 24.— Tannen Maury / EPAShareMissouriJoel Arena walks his boss’ dog Elise through Frontier Park in St. Charles as snow falls on Dec. 24. Arena planned to spend Christmas Eve at his grandmother’s house after leaving work at the Bike Stop Cafe on Main Street.— Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via APShare