CNN) We’re still 38 days from the official start of winter, but Mother Nature doesn’t care.
Hundreds of million of people were grappling with bone-chilling weather Wednesday as an Arctic blast grips the eastern two-thirds of the US.
The widespread bitter cold peaked in the morning, when at 7:45 a.m. ET more than 232 million people were in areas 32 degrees or lower. Hundreds of temperature records were set.
The deep freeze is wreaking havoc on travel and has contributed to at least five deaths.
But there’s a shred of good news: After another frigid night, temperatures will draw closer to normal Thursday.