An icy blast that claimed at least six lives over the weekend was set to issue a second punch Monday and plunge large areas of the East, Midwest and South into a unseasonable freeze.
Commuters in parts of the Midwest faced a "treacherous commute" on Monday after the deadly storm tore through their area. Forecasters said a new temperature drop later in the day would be accompanied by up to three feet of lake effect snow around the Great Lakes over the next two days, with the heaviest dump coming from Cleveland, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York.
"It's going to be painful," said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel. "You're talking 24 to 36 inches coming down at a rate of up to five or six inches an hour—that's what we mean when we say intense."
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While last week's freeze focused on the Rockies and Plains states, this bout is set to hone in on the Midwest early Monday, then the Northeast and the South on Monday afternoon and overnight into Tuesday. Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., were bracing for temperatures in the low 30s, and other areas were set to reach the mid 20s, Roth said.
In the South, highs failing to get above freezing could reach as far down as Tennessee and parts of North Carolina by Tuesday, according to The Weather Channel.
"By Tuesday, the whole eastern half of the United States will have temperatures from 15 to 30 degrees below average," said Tom Moore, a coordinating meteorologist for The Weather Channel. The winter storm that triggered winter watches and warnings in a diagonal band from Vermont to Arkansas was due to wrap up by Monday afternoon, having brought deaths on the roads in Texas, Ohio and Minnesota.