The big freeze is likely to keep many thousands of families apart at Christmas.
Drivers have been warned not to go out on treacherous roads, flights have been cancelled and train services badly disrupted by the cold.
The AA and police have urged families to postpone celebrations until the roads are safer.
A strengthening storm producing snow, ice, rain and locally severe thunderstorms over the Plains will transform into a severe blizzard spanning Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, zapping power, closing roads and placing some people’s lives in peril.
Snow and ice are already coating roads, sidewalks, trees and power lines from around Lake Michigan to the the High Plains.
Wind-whipped and blowing snow will then begin to pound Nebraska, Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma on Christmas Eve.
A seven-year-old boy was stopped by police in northern Germany while trying to plough snow with a front loader he borrowed from his parents’ business, authorities said.
Officers on patrol found the boy atop the 3.5-metre-tall (11.5-foot-tall) excavator after he had cleared the street in the town of Reinfeld and was driving back to the parking lot.
Dozens of children in a southern Serbia town set up barricades with their sleighs to stop workers from putting salt on the streets and melting the snow, the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday.
Supported by their parents, the kids first got into a verbal altercation with workers in the town of Kursumlija, but then things heated up and they threw firecrackers at their equipment.
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