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Lexington Fire Dept. Major Joe Madden, left, and firefighter Casey Wiley, right, looked for hotspots at the scene of an overnight house fire at 238 Swigert Ave. in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The fire started shortly after midnight and destroyed the house. Lexington firefighters had to battle the fire in sub-zero temperatures.
Even areas of the U.S. accustomed to gloating about their comparatively mild winters are shivering in temperatures that would make seasoned northerners don an extra layer of clothing. Temperatures in the single digits and teens were seen in Atlanta, Nashville and Panama City Beach, Fla. as well as Detroit, New York City and Pittsburgh.
The cold iced over rivers, roads and plants, stranded travelers and led people to swaddle themselves in multiple hats and scarves. Here's a gallery of images depicting the deep freeze.
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Geese are seen on a frozen section of a pond, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Fairfax, Va. The National Weather Service said the mercury bottomed out at 3 degrees before sunrise at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshal International Airport, with a wind chill of minus 16. ((AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez))
A New York City pedestrian covers up against single-digit temperatures, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The high is expected to be 10 degrees. But wind chills will make it feel more like minus 10. ((AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews))
People eat a meal at Atlanta Mission Shepherd's Inn on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. Record low temperatures Tuesday has caused many homeless shelters to implement their emergency plan. For the Atlanta Mission that includes not turning anyone away and not making people leave the campus during the day. The Atlanta Mission is expected to serve more than 1500 meals Tuesday, up from their normal 800-900 meals. All overflow areas were used to house those in need Monday, including hallways and even areas under stair cases. ((AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin))
Victor Winters waits for a bus in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Temperatures broke record lows Tuesday in Michigan and residents braced against bitter winds following a storm that shuttered schools, closed government offices and contributed to at least six deaths. Lows of 14 degrees below zero were reported according to the National Weather Service. ((AP Photo/Paul Sancya) )