Winter Storm Grayson: What It Looks Like Across the US

14 people have died and tens of thousands are without power due to the storm

In Gainesville, Fla., the National Weather Service reported that a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet was possible for about 7 hours on Wednesday beginning at 3 a.m. Temperatures are expected to dip to 33 degrees. CNN's report pointed out that temperatures in places affected by the storm will drop far below freezing, making it much colder than even Mars, where the high is now minus 18.8 degrees Celsius.

"Bitter cold and unsafe wind chills to persist into the weekend", the National Weather Service said in a warning Wednesday morning.

But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week.

More than 5,000 US airline flights were canceled.

Boston's Logan International Airport was among those affected, along with Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, according to the website.

American Airlines suspended all departures from Boston on Thursday.

States of emergency have been declared by the governors of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

There's a risk of power outages on the Southern East Coast right now, according to NBC.

In the 1940s, some meteorologists began informally calling some big coastal storms "bombs" because they develop "with a ferocity we rarely, if ever, see over land", said Fred Sanders, a retired MIT professor, who brought the term into common usage by describing such storms in a 1980 article in the journal Monthly Weather Review. In Florida, areas that had not seen snow in almost 30 years were given a light dusting of powder, bringing with it the specter of snow-covered palm trees.

One person tweeted a photo of snow accumulating in a pair of sandals and atop fire ant hills.

The storm dropped more than 14 inches of snow on Providence. That's especially bad when it's really cold out - and if you've stepped outside on the East Coast lately, enough said.

In pic: A person walks in the snow on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

The winter storm, impacting 41 million people from northern Florida to ME, was expected to intensify in the already-frigid Northeast over the week.

The powerful snowstorm alert caused flight cancellations along the East Coast, and prompted dozens of school districts to close Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, the tide gauge at Boston Harbor matched its record at 15.1 feet - previously set during the blizzard of 1978. Most of these areas will experience bone-chilling temperatures, blustery winds and at least a foot of snow.

And authorities say the fatal accident involving a vehicle and a commuter train in Pennsylvania happened during extreme snow conditions.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to stay off the roads and people to stay indoors on Thursday, saying he was "anticipating white-out conditions for part of the day" during a news conference.

As Winter Storm Grayson headed up the coastal South and into the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Thursday morning, tens of thousands of residents in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia lost electricity as a result of the storm, according to CNN. The state of New Hampshire could be colder than Mars, with a forecasted low of -35° F on Mount Washington (vs. a high of -2°F on that other planet). That will likely plunge temperatures to the single digits on Friday and Saturday nights.

"With continued frigid temperatures expected to last for several more days, road conditions will remain treacherous beyond the expected end of the snowfall today", he added.

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