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Pictures of brutal US winter

Pictures of brutal US winter

A pedestrian walks on the street through the snow during a winter blizzard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Brian Snyder | Reuters

A blast of freezing air has moved across much of the United States, sending temperatures far below zero in some places, and setting numerous records. Roads are covered in snow and ice, crops are freezing and many people are stuck indoors. Here is a gallery of wintry conditions around the country, accompanied by temperature readings on Friday afternoon from the National Weather Service.

—By Robert Ferris,
Posted 20 Feb. 2015


Stan Grossfeld | The Boston Globe | Getty Images

A police officer in Quincy rescues a stranded motorist in whiteout conditions. Temperature: 10, wind chill: -9


Jim Young | Reuters

Blizzard conditions Feb. 1 in Chicago. Temperature: 11, wind chill: -8

New Jersey

Source: Andrew Fisher

A roadside sign advertising "free snow" in Denville. Temperature: 10, wind chill: -5


Carl D. Walsh | Portland Press Herald | Getty Images

A nearly buried street sign in Arundel, photographed on Feb. 15. Current temperature: 10, wind chill: -9

New York

A snow-covered landscape is seen over the frozen Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Feb. 17, 2015.
Lindsay DeDario | Reuters

A view above Niagara Falls, which has frozen over. Temperature: 0, wind chill: -19

New York City

A woman struggles with her umbrella in Times Square during a winter storm in the early morning hours, Feb. 2, 2015, in New York.
Carlo Allegri | Reuters

Wind picking up in Times Square. Temperature: 11, wind chill: -2

New York City

The frozen fountain at Bryant Park in Manhattan on a bitterly cold day, February 13, 2015 in New York City.
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The frozen fountain at Bryant Park in Manhattan, February 13.

Washington D.C.

A worker plows snow from the driveways at the White House in Washington, Feb. 17, 2015.
Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

The White House has pretty nice snow removal equipment. Temperature: 19, wind chill: 2


Icicles hang off a strawberry plant, Feb. 20, 2015, in Plant City, Fla.
Chris O'Meara | AP Photo

Even Florida was struck by frigid temperatures, threatening much of its robust agricultural sector. Many farmers spray their crops with water, forming a layer of ice that locks out cold air, as with this strawberry plant in Plant City. Temperature: 52, wind chill: 49


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The coldest temperatures in the United States on Thursday were in Cotton, Minnesota, at minus 43, but St. Paul is pictured here. Temperature (St. Paul): 16, wind chill: 4

The outdoors are still great

People participate in a massive snowball fight in the wake of winter storm Octavia at Meridian Park in Washington, Feb. 17, 2015.
Yuri Gripas | Reuters

A snowball fight in Washington, D.C.'s Meridian Park.

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