On Christmas Day, a catastrophic blizzard tore through Buffalo, New York, trapping people in their automobiles, bringing on power outages, and increasing the death toll from the terrible winter storm system that had just ravaged the country.
According to an NBC News report, 28 individuals have already perished in weather-related accidents across the nation. 26 deaths in all were reported by CNN.
The number of fatalities from the storm, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, increased from three to seven overnight in the Buffalo area of far western New York, where snowfall on Sunday totaled over four feet (1.2 meters).
According to flight tracking service FlightAware, more than 1,500 flights in the US have been canceled as of Sunday noon as bad weather further complicated holiday travel.
According to National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Rich Otto, Christmas morning temperatures in the central and eastern United States were still much below average and below freezing even in the Gulf Coast region.
According to reports from locals and photos shared on Twitter, iguanas in South Florida were stunned by a sudden decrease in temperature to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius), and they were falling off trees.