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Winter Storm Brings Cold Temperatures, Snow, Wind to Parts of US

By: CNN
By: CNN

Dangerous cold and treacherous driving conditions left millions of Americans along the eastern seaboard stuck at home Wednesday.

The storm system that dumped record-breaking piles of snow -- including 18-inch snowdrifts in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- is moving off the coast, and remaining blizzard warnings are expiring.

But the freezing weather is going to stick around.

The monster winter storm of 2014 is being blamed for at least two deaths - the driver of this vehicle in Virginia lost control, crossed lanes and struck an oncoming car, killing himself and his passenger.

Accidents littered much of the east coast, like a 18 wheeler in North Carolina, its front end crumpled from a collision.

And a truck that flipped down an embankment in Maryland.

But for most affected by the storm, which stretched a whopping thousand miles, digging them out was the order of the day.

Philadelphia got hit with over a foot of snow.

And despite the frigid air and high accumulations overnight, some Philly residents ventured outside and turned the iconic steps of the museum of art into a sledding hill.

In New Jersey, where the governor declared a state of emergency, crews at MetLife stadium plowed the field where the super bowl will be played in just eleven days. NFL officials have said in the event of more extreme weather on game day, a contingency plan could include moving super bowl Sunday to Saturday or even Monday.

At Massachusetts' south shore, wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour sent the wind chill down to negative seven and generated waves with strengths almost unheard of in winter.

And as the east coast continues to deal with the aftermath of the storm, temperatures in many areas are expected to remain 15 to 25 degrees below zero at least to the weekend and more surges of arctic air are expected next week.


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