A week of record snow and the prediction of even more to come won't prevent the Boston area from celebrating the Super Bowl victory of the New England Patriots, though the parade originally scheduled for Tuesday was pushed back 24 hours.
"We look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday," Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement.
From the Midwest to the Northeast, much of the nation awoke on Tuesday to frigid temperatures following blizzards and significant snow accumulations on Sunday and Monday. Boston sets a one-week snowfall record, receiving more than 34 inches of snow in two major storms, according to the National Weather Service.
The Boston region has received more than 53 inches of snow this season, about 10 inches more than in the average season.
Nor was Boston alone. Chicago was cleaning up after its fifth-largest storm dumped more than 19 inches of snow beginning on Sunday. A few more inches are expected this week along with Arctic cold.
That combination -- bitter cold coupled with a sprinkle of snow -- will rule over much of the northern section of the nation, including Boston where fans will celebrate the Super Bowl victory with a parade now scheduled for 11 a.m. EST Wednesday.
The cold will continue through the weekend and about six more inches of snow is expected in Massachusetts by Thursday.
The latest cold wave as caused by an Arctic blast of air sweeping from North Dakota to New England, the weather service said.
Temperatures plunged to near minus-30 in upstate New York, and the coldest spot in the nation was Glens Falls, about 45 miles north of Albany, where the mercury fell to minus-27 degrees.
Winds were creating sub-zero chills across the nation. The equivalent of minus-20 degrees were reportedin Pennsylvania and New England.