Commuters in Tokyo saw temperatures drop to four degrees below zero on Thursday morning, a level the capital had not seen in 48 years.
Street crews dug out snow-clogged roads across the US Northeast on Friday after a powerful blizzard, as temperatures plunged during a brutal cold spell that has already killed at least 18 people.
Utility companies across the East worked to repair downed power lines early on Friday as about 21,000 customers remained without electricity.
A heavy winter snowstorm lashed the northeastern United States on Thursday, subjecting New York to near blizzard-like conditions and forcing flight cancellations as schools and the United Nations closed.
Expeditioners stranded on Australia's flagship icebreaker, which ran aground in Antarctica, were rescued by barge, ahead of attempts to refloat the ship.
The snowbound Washington area was resuming partial business yesterday as trains and buses restarted near-normal service, while federal offices remained closed following a massive blizzard that hammered the US east coast.
Officials in Washington, DC, warned residents yesterday that it would take several more days for the city to return to normal after a massive weekend blizzard dropped more than 2’ (60cm) of snow along the East Coast and killed more than 30.