Record-low temperatures from Texas to Maine. Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan set records not only for the day, but for the entire month of November, according to forecasters.
At least eight deaths have been blamed on a record-breaking cold spell that still had its grip on much of the country Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service said the cold front brought a level of intensity not seen since 1911, more than 100 years ago.
Both Birmingham, Alabama, and Greenville, Mississippi, shattered record daily lows on Wednesday by about 5 degrees.
Temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast plummeted to the teens and 20s.
Snow and ice conditions usually more common in the winter months
Meanwhile, parts of the Midwest and the Northeast reported dangerous snow and ice conditions usually more common in the winter months.