Thermometers in the District of Columbia were expected to register 10 to 17 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest weather in two years was expected in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, NBC reported. Winds chills there could feel like -25 degrees.
Syracuse, N.Y., recorded up to 18 inches of snow in the first two days of the week, while Ripley, N.Y., saw almost 25 inches fall Monday and Tuesday.
The storms moving into the Northeast, known as Alberta Clippers, are moving southward from western Canada, Accuweather.com reported.
The coldest air mass, where temperatures reached -40 degrees was just north of the Great lakes over central and northern Ontario and western and central Quebec, said meteorologist Henry Margusity.
"The air just north of the Great Lakes is colder than that over the North Pole," he said.