>> Residents of the northeastern US are digging out from a blizzard Friday, as temperatures plunged to arctic levels. Wind chill is forecast to reach minus 40 Fahrenheit in some parts of the northeast after sundown. The brutal cold this past weeks has already killed more than a dozen people across the US.
And officials are warning residents that if temperature in their homes start to fall to get to a shelter. Nearly 500 members of the National Guard were activated along the East Coast to assist with emergency response. Thursday's storm, packing wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour. Dumped a foot or more of snow throughout the region, including parts of New Jersey, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Where along the coast, a storm surge brought chilling floodwaters to many streets. An area of Short Beach was frozen over and in Boston, icy seawater washed over roads, which emergency workers had to wade into. The winter storm snarled traffic, and forced thousands of flights to be cancelled. New York City's two main airports suspended flights due to whiteout conditions.
As transportation slowly gets back on track, bone-chilling cold has rolled in, and is sticking around throughout the weekend.