An Arctic storm is set to sweep up the East Coast this week, bringing record-breaking cold and snowfalls as far south as Florida and as northern as Maine.
The 'bomb cyclone' is expected to be the region's most intense winter hurricane in decades, sparking a flurry of wind chill advisories and freeze warnings across the states.
The freezing temperatures have already claimed nine lives in the past week and East Coast residents are now bracing for the next hit of 'bitterly cold temperatures'.
An Arctic storm is set to sweep up the East Coast this week, bringing record-breaking cold and snowfalls as far south as Florida and as northern as Maine A frozen fountain in Historic Forsyth Park still works despite freezing temperatures and rain, Wednesday, in Savannah, which will see its first snowfall since 2010
An Arctic storm is set to sweep up the East Coast this week, bringing record-breaking cold and snowfalls as far south as Florida and as northern as Maine. Water squirts from a frozen fountain near downtown in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday
Steam rises above the waters of the Mississippi River underneath the Eads Bridge as the temperature hovers around -1 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, in St. Louis where cold temperatures will stay throughout the week
A commuter makes her way to work in sub-zero temperatures on January 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Record cold temperatures are gripping much of the U.S. and are being blamed on several deaths over the past week
'Reinforcing shots of arctic air will continue across much of the Eastern half of the country through this week keeping afternoon highs as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal,' the National Weather Service said.
The storm is known as a weather bomb, explained by the Weather Channel, as a bombogenesis which involves a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars or more in a period of 24 hours.
It is expected to bring blizzard-like conditions to Boston, Long Island and Maine, freezing sleet and snow to Charleston and South Carolina, and has already seen parts of the Niagara Falls frozen over.
New York City will get hit with up to 4 inches of snow as wind chill temperatures plunge to minus 20 on Friday.
The service said a deadly mix of snow and freezing rain is expected to hit the Atlantic seaboard today, from Florida to North Carolina, bringing with it low visibility, icy roads and treacherous driving conditions across the region.
While Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for 28 counties because of the frigid weather.
In Savannah, a coastal city that hasn't seen measurable snowfall since February 2010, will be covered with two inches of snow this evening - and dump trucks are out this morning spreading salt on the streets. Mayor Eddie DeLoach urged residents to stay home and keep off the roads.
'The streets will be slick,' DeLoach told a news conference Tuesday. 'We could have some serious issues for folks who aren't used to driving in this kind of weather.'
The weather service said up to an inch of snow could fall as far south as Tallahassee, Florida.
Snow began falling in Tallahassee early Wednesday - a rare occurrence in the Florida city. Accumulation of 3 to 5 inches was possible in eastern North Carolina. In central Florida, the state's largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay and SeaWorld's Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap.
In Brunswick, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast, law enforcement agencies reported freezing rain and ice on bridges early Wednesday in south Georgia as a winter storm revved up along the East Coast. Brunswick police reported on their official Twitter account that area bridges had begun to ice up.
Sherlin Galicia, left, Alexander Galicia, center, and Heidi Galicia play on the iced over pond at Overton Park while walking the dog, Tuesday, in Memphis, Tennessee where several nights of sub freezing temperatures have frozen the pond solid
Small patches of ice formed along the banks of the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Tuesday
Wen Qin Fu takes her 15-month-old baby Beyu Xia for a walk in a stroller fitter with a cover to protect against the wind in Chicago's Hyde Park during subzero temperatures on Tuesday
The icy conditions also were hampering early morning travel in Florida, as authorities were forced to shut a stretch of Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee.
In other parts of the U.S., dangerously cold temperatures have been blamed for at least a dozen deaths as well as freezing a water tower in Iowa and halting ferry service in New York.
Police in St Louis found a homeless man dead inside a trash bin on Monday evening, frozen to death as the temperature dropped to -6F, the Guardian reported. Another homeless man was found frozen to death in a portable toilet on North Seventh Street in downtown St. Louis just last month.
A 27-year-old woman was found dead from exposure on Monday evening on the shore of Lake Winnebago, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. While the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office said two men found dead on Sunday may have died of hypothermia.
A man, found dead by a river in Bismarck, North Dakota, may have also died form the cold, police believe.
One person was killed,