But the good news is things will warm up — and they're going to warm up fast.
By Sunday, Chicago could reach 40 degrees, with rain in the forecast. That's almost 60 degrees warmer than it is right now. Balmy!
And what about the Super Bowl? Atlanta will see temperatures in the low 60s for the big game on Sunday.
12:32 p.m. ET, January 30, 2019
80% of the country was below freezing this morning
From CNN's Dave Hennen
The freeze gripping the Midwest and Northeast peaked this morning, around 7 a.m. ET., and approximately four of every five Americans felt the chill.
At the time the freeze peaked, around 80% of the country was experiencing below freezing temperatures. That's more than 224 million people.
Also at that time, around 20% of the country was below zero -- about 60 million people. And, at the extremes, nearly 10% of the country was colder than 20 degrees below zero, or just over 25 million people.
The good news? 48 days until spring.
12:17 p.m. ET, January 30, 2019
Red Cross says hundreds of blood drives canceled, has "emergency need" for blood
The American Red Cross says the winter weather has led to the cancellation of 370 blood drives across the country, with more than 11,500 blood donations going uncollected this month.
"The Red Cross currently has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types to help ensure lifesaving medical treatments and emergency care are not delayed or canceled this winter," spokesperson Stephanie Rendon said in an email.
Anyone not impacted can make an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
11:57 a.m. ET, January 30, 2019
At least 5 deaths linked to extreme cold and weather
From CNN's Paul P. Murphy
At least five deaths have been linked to the extreme snow and weather:
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the County's Medical Examiner's office told CNN that a 55-year-old man was found frozen in his garage Tuesday morning.
An off-duty Ligonier, Indiana, police officer and his wife were killed after their car lost control on a snowy road, hitting an oncoming car. Ethan Kiser, 22, and his wife Shawna, 21, died on Monday.
A man was killed on Monday morning in Libertyville, Illinois, after being struck by a plow truck and a pedestrian.
On Sunday morning, Rochester, Minnesota resident Ali Alfred Gombo, 22, was found dead outside his relative's home where he lived.
11:35 a.m. ET, January 30, 2019
4 racers remain in Minnesota ultramarathon, where it's -31 degrees at the finish line
New Yorkers may face dangerous conditions on tonight's commute
New York City Emergency Management warned of dangerous travel conditions during tonight's evening commute.
According to the National Weather Service, an "intense burst of moderate to heavy blowing snow" is expected to blow through New York City this afternoon.
"This intense burst of snowfall combined with strong wind gusts may cause brief whiteout conditions, limiting visibility and making travel extremely dangerous," the emergency office said in a statement.
New York officials are urging commuters to...
Take mass transit, if possible
Exit highways before the snow squall arrives.
Read more from NYC Emergency Management:
10:59 a.m. ET, January 30, 2019
Why this freeze is stopping beer deliveries in the Midwest
Here's why: Temperatures are so low that beer freezes on the trucks before it can be delivered. Beer freezes around 32 degrees or slightly lower, depending on the alcohol content.
Kegged beer in trucks froze Tuesday, before temperatures even reached their coldest.
"Most of the folks up north are not delivering," says Mike Madigan, president of Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association. "Most distributors are not delivering in the Twin Cities, down south and out west."
A possible solution: Some distributors are transporting beer in heated trucks; that sounds gross, but it's the only way to get it delivered right now. However, in the Midwest, only a few distributors have those type of trucks.