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Photos: Blast of Arctic air

Updated 12:30 PM ET, Tue January 29, 2013
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A pedestrian bundled up against the cold walks through the streets of Manhattan on Friday, January 24, in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northeastern U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and 20s. Forecasters warned that "bitterly cold conditions" were expected across much of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mideast through this weekend. John Moore/Getty Images
A surfer store with guys in swimwear seems an especially cruel sight for these bundled-up New Yorkers on Tuesday, January 22, as frigid temps hit the region. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A lone pedestrian braves the winter chill on a Manhattan street on Thursday, January 24. John Moore/Getty Images
Much of the Northeast is experiencing colder than usual temperatures, but the weather doesn't deter this woman on Wednesday, January 23, in New York. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Ice covers firefighter Michael De Jesus while he mans a water cannon at the scene of a warehouse fire in Chicago on January 24. JOHN GRESS/reuters/LANDOV
No, it's not a scene from the latest remake of "Anna Karenina," just a woman trying to ward off the cold in New York on January 22. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A man keeps bundled up as he waits to cross the street in New York on January 23. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
A woman pulls on her gloves on January 23 in New York. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters battle a warehouse fire in Chicago on January 24. JOHN GRESS/reuters/LANDOV
A woman hails a taxi on Lexington Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East Side on January 24. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
A woman keeps covered up as steam rises from the street on January 23 in New York. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
The U.S. Capitol in Washington is blanketed with snow on January 24. The same brutal Arctic cold front that's delivered subzero temperatures across the upper Midwest and Northeast is forecast to bring ice and freezing rain to the South and Mid-Atlantic states. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks past a steam vent on Madison Avenue in Manhattan in the early morning of January 24. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
A pedestrian bundled up against the cold walks along a street in Manhattan on January 24. John Moore/Getty Images