As the eastern third of the United States prepares for an onslaught of bitter, bone-chilling cold accompanying a massive "bombogenesis" traveling up the coastline, across the country, 11 people have died in incidents related to unusually cold temperatures.
At least 11 people in the US have died since Tuesday morning in cold-related deaths, officials said.
A 27-year-old woman was found dead on the shore of Lake Winnebago after she left a New Year's Eve gathering in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Authorities said Lindsey Klima stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and could have fallen at the shoreline before she succumbed to the cold, CNN affiliate WLUK reported.
Klima's death is among five weather-related deaths in Wisconsin. Two other people have died in North Dakota and Missouri.
Four others have died in Texas, including two homeless people who died in Houston after being exposed to freezing conditions, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted.
The upcoming winter storm, referred to as a 'bomb cyclone', will bring with it hurricane-force winds and several inches of snow for some, sleet and freezing rain for others.