In the Dallas Fort Worth area, a sheet of ice that in some places is three inches thick will stay on the roads through Sunday, as temperatures there are not expected to rise until then.
Forecasters said the weather is some of the worst winter storms they have seen hit the U.S. in years.
The freeze went from the border of Texas and Mexico northeast to as far north as the Ohio Valley. Some of the most severe weather conditions hit Dallas through to Arkansas and parts of western Kentucky.
Power outages in small towns to large cities were reported across areas of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
At the storm’s height, over 267,000 power outages had been reported in just the area of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Over 5,000 Tennessee customers and close to 30,000 in Arkansas did not have power Friday night. In some places, it could take days for the power to be restored.
Over 1,900 flights had to be canceled Friday due to the severely inclement weather.
The International Airport in Dallas said airlines canceled over 750 departures for Friday, which left more than 4,000 passengers stranded and spending the night sleeping on airport cots.
Commerce was slowed by the weather as United Parcel Service, which is the largest delivery company of packages in the U.S., said its deliveries were disrupted in New Mexico, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as the Panhandle section of Texas.
Among the deaths that have been attributed to the stormy weather was Granby, Missouri’s mayor whose vehicle left a snowy road and hit a tree. Ronald Arnall died in southern Missouri in an area hit by over eight inches of snow.
Even in San Francisco, the weather is colder than normal as authorities reported four men who were homeless died during the week due to hypothermia.
Some cities had to cancel holiday activities due to the weather. Nashville’s largest night of celebration for the holidays was cancelled due to the ice including the cancelling of the parade and tree lighting.