Tens of thousands of tourists have also been stranded, as snow grounds flights.
Forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another arctic front this week.
Zachary Maxwell, 12, made a documentary film about what makes for a snow day in New York City.
The cold is a cause for celebration, not complaint, at the 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China.
East Coast travelers may see their Thanksgiving plans threatened by the bad weather coming Wednesday.
The massive snowfall, combined with forecasts of rain, raised fears that the roofs of homes and businesses could collapse under the weight.
Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding.
Snow-bound residents of western New York awoke to as much as another foot of accumulation on Thursday with possibly another 30 inches expected, meteorologists said.
A sinister weather pattern known as a "Rex Block" means it’s going to stay cold in the Northeast, and may even snow in April