The massive winter storm continuing to dump snow across the Northeast and ushering in dangerously cold temperatures has turned deadly.
The treacherous conditions have led to at least nine deaths in the eastern United States, according to The Associated Press.
Fatal traffic accidents occurred in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Authorities said a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.
And in suburban Philadelphia, as the storm approached, a worker at a salt storage facility was killed when a 100-foot-tall pile of road salt fell and crushed him. Falls Township, Pa., police said the man was trapped while operating a backhoe. There was no word on what may have caused the accident.
The big storm followed closely the blueprint meteorologists drew up, slamming the Northeast overnight with as much as two feet of snow and bringing sub-zero wind chills with it. The biting wind and blowing snow shut down interstates and airports alike and gave millions of school children a snow day.
John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was officially closed at 6:12 a.m. Friday and reopened four hours later, while Boston's Logan International remained effectively shut down, as well.
Interstate 84 in New York and the Long Island Expressway, closed at midnight as the storm roared in, remained so until 8 a.m.