Wind chills could hit 5 below zero Saturday evening and 15 below overnight.
As the storm system moves east, the frigid Arctic air behind it was expected to envelop many parts of the Midwest where it had just snowed. For instance, the temperature in Boston could drop to 6 degrees Fahrenheit (-14 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.
Officials warned people to limit their time outside to prevent frostbite and avoid treacherous travel conditions. They also said places could see strong wind gusts, flooding and further power outages.
As of Sunday at noon, utilities in CT were reporting more than 19,000 customers without power and more outages were expected in the region as ice accumulated on trees and power lines. It wasn't clear why the driver had moved to the shoulder from the roadway.
Amtrak canceled trains across the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend, but said full service would resume Monday. Boston's transit system urged commuters to allow 10 to 15 minutes of extra travel time and warned of icy conditions for pedestrians come Monday.
The storm was caused by the clash of an Arctic high pressure system with a low pressure system coming through the Ohio Valley, said NWS Baltimore-Washington, D.C., meteorologist Dan Hofmann.
Almost 2,000 flights were canceled around the country Sunday, with Boston's Logan Airport being one of the hardest hit, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking company.
Among the hardest hit was Boston's Logan Airport, where stranded passengers lingered Sunday as typically bustling security lines, ticketing counters and baggage claims were largely deserted.
In Chicago, a plane skidded from a slick runway at O'Hare International Airport. From Friday through Sunday, the severe weather was expected to trigger the cancellation of more than 3,000 flights in the United States, Duell said.
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"We've been sleeping, playing Candy Crush", Ortega said when asked how'd they been passing the hours. Amtrak canceled some trains Saturday from Chicago to Washington and NY and between NY and Boston and Pennsylvania today.
The fallout was bleak: Flights canceled by the thousands, extensive power failures and stern warnings to stay off the roads in cities like Chicago, where the downtown was conspicuously quiet on Saturday morning as plows tried to keep up with the growing piles of snow.
The heavily populated coast from NY to Boston largely escaped major snowfall Sunday but saw plummeting temperatures as snow gave way to icy rain and sleet in parts. Parts of upstate NY got up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow overnight, according to the Weather Channel.
The storm has already dropped heavy snow in Pennsylvania, although the deepest amount reported was 16 inches (41 cm) in the northern NY town of Lake Desolation, he said. Nicholas Nicolet and his 6-year-old son Rocco got outside early Sunday morning to enjoy the snow in Montpelier, Vermont, as they cross-country skied on the city's sidewalks during the storm.
'We think it's great, ' said Nicolet, who rushed to get outside with his son at 7 am.
U.S. President Donald Trump urged Americans affected by the winter storm to "be careful" in a tweet early Sunday.
He has conflated short-term weather patterns with longer-term climate change before, even though the White House's own National Climate Assessment rejects the idea that a particular plunge in temperatures can cast uncertainty on whether Earth is warming.
'Amazing how big this system is.