It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN. Yesterday, 2,800 flights were canceled, the AP reports; today, the number is almost 1,500. Meanwhile, Anchorage, Alaska, is seeing warmer temperatures than St. Louis; the Midwest has wind chills of 40 degrees below zero; and Philadelphia had a daily record snowfall of about eight inches yesterday (another one to three could come tomorrow), requiring snowblowers during an Eagles-Lions game.
Federal agencies had two-hour delayed openings in Washington, which could see another three to five inches tomorrow, NBC News notes. Some 20,000 remain without power around Dallas-Fort Worth. At least seven people have died in connection with the storms in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas, mostly in car accidents. New Jersey saw two killed in a road accident; the Pennsylvania Turnpike suffered a 50-car pileup in the wake of a fatal accident. Forty were injured in a New York pileup. "It will be quite a 48 hours" for the Northeast, says a meteorologist. (Read more snow stories.)