(Reuters) - Bitterly cold weather in the eastern United States is forecast to persist until Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
The service warned of dangerous, windy winter storms in Michigan that would leave behind a foot or more of snow.
Daytime temperatures were forecast to remain below 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 C) in parts of the upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley and New England. Light snow was expected across much of the Northeast on Friday, and New York City awoke to horizontal wind swirls of snow.
A stretch of the New York Thruway nearly 150 miles long (240 kilometers) traversing the western part of the state around Buffalo was closed to traffic Friday morning, the agency that manages the highway system said.
Severe winter weather also was forecast for coastal North Carolina on Friday, with freezing drizzle and subsequent ice expected, the National Weather Service said.
Although it was expected to remain cold next week, most areas could expect to see more typical winter temperatures, according to the AccuWeather forecast service.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)