(WVUE) - It's only November but it feels like January in much of the United States.
An Arctic blast affected parts of all fifty states this week with some of the coldest November temperatures in decades. Some areas of the country are getting pummeled with several feet of snow with forecasters calling for more than half the continental U.S. to be covered in it.
Unable to leave his home due to the height of the snow outside, James Grimaldi used a drone to capture images from around his neighborhood in West Seneca, New York. The white stuff has blanketed every surface around the area.
In Buffalo, New York it's expected that people could see more than eight feet of snow once it's all done Friday night. The city's mayor wants residents to stay off the roads.
"We have imposed a travel ban because people are coming from other areas of the community, going into the south buffalo areas and finding themselves getting stuck, which compromises our snow removal effort," said Mayor Byron Brown.
To make matters worse, forecasters warn of flooding due to an expected drastic warm-up and forecasted downpours.
Workers at an animal rehab facility in Texas rescued some sea turtles affected by the recent blast of cold weather. A number of green sea turtles turned up along the coast, stunned by the chilly temperatures. About 35 will be nursed back to health while spending the winter at a sanctuary.
Southeast Louisiana didn't have to deal with snow, but had its share of freezing temperatures earlier in the week.
People on the North Shore woke up a couple of mornings to frost on the car windshields.