Dangerous cold and treacherous driving conditions left millions of Americans along the Eastern Seaboard stuck at home Wednesday.
And, try as we might, we couldn't get any glimmers of hope from the CNN weather department's forecast for what's ahead.
The storm system that dumped record-breaking piles of snow - including 18-inch snowdrifts in Plymouth, Massachusetts - is moving off the coast, and remaining blizzard warnings are expiring. But the freezing weather is going to stick around.
"Another clipper will reinforce the cold air already in place, so any snow on the ground is expected to hang around," CNN meteorologist Indra Petersons said.
And "more surges of cold Arctic air are on tap for next week," added CNN meteorologist Sean Morris. "New York stays well below freezing for the foreseeable future - possibly holding until the end of the month, though there's a chance they could briefly rise above 32 degrees Saturday afternoon. Washington, D.C., isn't expected to rise above freezing until Saturday afternoon, when it will be a balmy 37 degrees. But there's more cold and snow on the way early next week."
Meanwhile, in California, some cities are tying records - for heat. Paso Robles reached 75 degrees Tuesday, while Camarillo reached 84.