Another blast of frigid temperatures and snowy weather is making its way through the U.S. Nearly 140 million people in 34 states are under a winter advisory, including parts of the south.
States as far south as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia are looking at anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow, CNN reported. Forecasters say temperatures in Louisiana are expected to cool well into the single digits.
"This town is shutting down," New Orleans cab driver August Delaney said to CNN Monday. "Some bridges are going to shut down. Schools are closed. We are not going to put our kids on school buses."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency and reminded residents of the dangers that accompany freezing winter weather.
"Sometime not long ago, when they had a similar event, there were a 1000 crashes, and there were fatalities, and we want to make sure that we avoid all of that," Landrieu told CNN.
Officials in Mississippi are worried about widespread power outages that are likely on account of the ice and wind.
"I can tell you that as ice accumulates on pine trees, limbs will break, trees will fall, power will be out," said Robert Latham, Mississippi's emergency management director.
The state legislature in South Carolina canceled the week's session in anticipation of the winter havoc, Reuters reported.
The winter weather has forced cancellations for multiple airplanes across the region. FlightAware.com reports more than 2,800 flights were canceled as of early Tuesday morning, followed by hundreds of delays.
Northward in the Midwest, they already received a taste of the cold as the mercury in the thermometer retreated to the zero mark and below in some areas near Chicago.
According to CBS News, Nebraska and Iowa could endure temperatures that feel as cold as 40 degrees below zero when wind chills are factored in.
"I'm moving to Alaska where it's warmer," Chicago resident Kathy Berg said to CBS News. In an unusual twist, on Monday the temperature in Nome, Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, reached 51 degrees.
If Chicago goes beyond 60 straight hours below zero, it will be the longest stretch since 1983, CBS news reported. And since the arctic weather is expected to hold through Tuesday into Wednesday, that record could very well be broken.