The year 2018 starts off with a bone-chilling freeze

The deep freeze is gripping nearly two-thirds of the U.S. and is responsible for at least five deaths.
3:00 | 01/01/18

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And we begin tonight with the relentless cold gripping the country on the first day of 2018. More than 200 million Americans shivering into the new year. Hypothermia warnings and wind chill alerts from Texas all the way to Maine. Chicago, take a look at this, looking more like a tundra this morning, with temperatures that feel like 29 degrees below zero. Here in New York City, a million people huddling in times square to watch the ball drop in 9 degree temperatures. The coldest celebration in a century. Ice and snow causing several holiday accidents. You see them right there. On the roads, including this 30-vehicle pileup on a Michigan interstate. The life-threatening deep freeze expanding tonight into the deep south. And a new system that could bring a round of snow later this week. More on the forecast with ginger zee in a moment, but we start with ABC's arierielle reshef. Reporter: Tonight, 2018 is off to a bone-chilling start. Spectators at philly's famous mummers parade bundled from head to toe, as a deep freeze grips nearly two-thirds of the country. The extreme cold responsible for at least five deaths, as records fall from the mst to the northeast. In St. Paul, Minnesota, ten people taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities believe a faulty boiler is to blame. Firefighters battling this house fire in Lincoln, Nebraska, in negative 10 degree temperatures. Spraying water that quickly turned to ice. In times square, crowds braving minus 4 wind chills as the ball dropped. 29 people taken to the hospital. The coldest new year's celebration in a century. At this hour, wind chul alerts stretching into the deep south. In the dallas/ft. Worth area Sunday, this scare for a police officer, slipping on the ice and then narrowly missed by a sliding car. And the whiteout on the roads in Michigan, leading to this multi-car pileup. You're afraid to stop because someone could hit you. You're afraid to keep going because you don't know what's up there. Reporter: The final week of 2017 bringing seven feet of lake effect snow to Erie, Pennsylvania. The roof is too much weight. Reporter: This weekend, workers using massive tarps and a crane to lift snow off the roof of this shopping center and into the parking lot below. Incredible images from all over the country. And erielle joining us live now from the west side of Manhattan. And erielle, New York is chasing a record of their own tonight? Reporter: That's right, Tom. It has been in the teens here in New York all day. And hasn't been above freezing since Christmas. We're on pace to have one of the longest stretches of sub-degree temperatures on record. Tom? Erielle rechef for us tonight. Thank you.

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