Washinton DC: Washington DC and New York started the week waking up to bone-chilling cold that led to office goers struggling to make their journey to work in the freezing temperatures ranging from 0 to -37 degrees Celsius.
In Largo, Maryland a water main broke prompting the closure of a major highway artery and snarled morning commuter traffic.
One woman said she wasn't reaching for a hat because it was too cold to take her mittens off to put it on.
The cold prompted schools across the Northeast of the country to delay openings and some cancelled classes altogether.
The freezing weather has also claimed at least two lives, including that of a woman in Connecticut whose frozen body was found in a driveway.
The wind chill in some areas of New England made it feel as cold as -45 degrees Celsius.