(NBC NEWS) -- Rough winter weather has a grip on much of the nation.
Ice, snow, and bitter cold are causing problems for thousands, with no warm-up in sight throughout the weekend.
A thick sheet of ice has covered and crippled parts of Tennessee.
In Pennsylvania high winds and freezing temperatures formed ice dunes over the waters of Lake Erie.
Just outside of Boston, single-digit temperatures have left lakes and waterfalls frozen solid.
In Ohio, a blanket of snow is causing the biggest problems.
Plows are working overtime, while cars are barely working at all.
In Chicago snowflakes fell for the first time in 355 days, a record drought when it comes to snow in the Windy City.
Unwilling to wait Will White made his own patch of snow in the middle of his cold, but otherwise green, Charlotte neighborhood using a snow machine.
"I can never really count on Mother Nature anymore, she's not very reliable," he laughed.