TODAY | January 24, 2013
>>> millions of people are waking up to bone chilling temperatures yet again this morning and the cold is not going away any time soon. nbc craig melvin is a few blocks away from us in central park . good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning. many folks have gotten used to what had been a relatively warm winter. now, this, look at my handy-dandy outdoor thermometer, sh showing 16 degrees. that is not taking consideration the windchill. it's warmed up in central park , single digits. many all over this country are waking up to a different kind of cold. brutal, bone chilling and built to last, millions of americans in the grips of a bitter arctic blast , expected to last through the weekend and into monday.
>> i was cold. i stayed in the house all day.
>> freezing temperatures made worse by windchills that made it feel like 40 below zero, from the upper midwest to new england. unbearable for the brave workers outside.
>> the first 30 seconds is okay. after that, it's brutal.
>> reporter: for buildings, high winds shredded the roof of this in detroit.
>> 10 minutes is all it takes for frostbite to set in. plumbers working overtime to fix broken furnaces.
>> we're probably working 200% capacity right now, everybody working double shifts, trying to get everybody heat.
>> reporter: in webster, new york, a snowy road sent a school bus into a ditch. fortunately no one was hurt. staten island relief centers from superstorm sandy are now heating centers.
>> my fingers felt like they would fall right off, it is that cold.
>> reporter: but for some tourist, a chance for a moment frozen in time. for many, it's that teeth chattering uncomfortable cold. for others, it's been far worse. so far, several deaths are being blamed on this frigid cold snap , matt.
>> craig melvin, thank you very much. mr. roker, the question is how long will this last?
>> bundle up for the weekend because it will take that