Deep freeze grips parts of U.S.

Severe winter weather is pounding New York with snow accumulations of a foot or more. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Bitter cold has descended on large portions of the country, clogging rivers with ice, forcing schools to close and freezing a water tower in Iowa. The Midwest and New England are used to temperatures around or even below zero. Not so parts of Georgia, where Tuesday the thermometer read 13 degrees.

The frigid weather will remain a few days, with heavy snow in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. According to the National Weather Service, a quarter-inch of ice and a couple inches of snow are possible Tuesday night and Wednesday from portions of the Florida Panhandle to eastern North Carolina..

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

People cross 42nd Street at Grand Central Station in Manhattan as the first major snowstorm of the year hits New York.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

A person crosses 42nd Street at Grand Central Station with an umbrella to block the wind and snow in Manhattan.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

As a major winter storm pummels New York on Dec. 4, Laura Jackson makes her way across 3rd Avenue and 42nd Street on the way to a rehabilitation appointment after having knee surgery.

(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

With New York in the grip of a cold and snowy storm, Theo waits for his owner, Honda Wang (not shown), as he shops in a butcher store.

(Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Commuters brave sub-zero temperatures as they make their way to work in Chicago on Tuesday. Record cold temperatures are gripping much of the U.S.

(Haley Nelson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

A barge cuts through ice on the Ohio River as it passes under the West End Bridge in Pittsburgh.

(Chuck Burton / Associated Press)

Water squirts from a mostly frozen fountain in Charlotte, N.C.

(Aaron Lynett / Canadian Press)

Water flows over the American Falls as ice forms in this view from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

(Aaron Lynett / Canadian Press)

Visitors take photographs at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

(Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)

Water sputters through a frozen fountain in Historic Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga.

(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Obdulio Arenas looks over the partially frozen falls at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, N.J.

(John Fitzhugh / Sun Herald)

Icicles hang from a fountain at Beau View condominiums in Biloxi, Miss.

(Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

People have bundled up against the cold at the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago.

(Matt Milner / Ottumna Courier)

Geese huddle along the Des Moines River in Ottumwa, Iowa. The bitter cold has reduced the amount of open water for the waterfowl.

(Jack Hanrahan / Associated Press)

Timothy Gigone, 51, skis along a road in Erie, Pa.

(Nicki Kohl / Telegraph Herald)

A person fishes near Lock and Dam No. 11 in Dubuque, Iowa, on New Year's Day.

(Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

People pose for photographs in front of a frozen water fountain in New York's Bryant Park.

(Nick Tomecek / Northwest Florida Daily News)

Ice covers a palm tree in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a resident left his sprinklers on.

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