A cold spell that has now claimed nearly 500 lives will continue through the weekend for much of Europe before diminishing in the west next week.
The cold is spanning all the way from Moscow, Russia, to Spain. That is a distance of approximately 2,500 miles, or about the same distance from Los Angeles to New York City.
The cold will continue across much of the continent through the weekend, before the weather pattern turns more seasonable across western Europe, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister.
Western Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will remain cold next week; however, temperatures will not be quite as extreme as they have been over the past couple of weeks.
The cold has overloaded emergency services in Ukraine, where makeshift emergency shelters have been set up to help warm the 14,000 homeless residents of Kiev, the country's capital, according to CNN.
CNN also reports that parts of the Danube River have frozen over for the first time in 25 years. This has affected shipping routes across one of the most important rivers in the continent. The Danube is also a major source of drinking water, irrigation and tourism for the region.
Harsh cold will linger across eastern and southeastern Europe well into next week.
The cold will be "relentless" across the Balkan Peninsula and eastern Europe, according to Accuweather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno with another strong reinforcing cold shot moving into the region towards the end of next week.
At the same time, the jet stream will start to bulge to the north of northwestern Europe as the stormy weather slowly shifts east next week. Some moderation will occur as milder Atlantic air moves into Portugal, Spain, France, the U.K. and Amsterdam. Temperatures will return closer to normal in these areas.
Accuweather.com meteorologist Meghan Evans contributed to this article.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast beginning during the latter part of the weekend.
February's record cold is expected to weaken across the East and Midwest heading into the month of March.
The weekend is setting up to be a slippery and messy one across a large part of the Plains and Midwest as a new winter storm rolls northeastward.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
The week kicked off with a heavy snow expanding across areas of the Four Corners states before striking the South with snow and ice, causing treacherous travel from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Memphis, Tennessee.
Snowshoers across the country will descend upon Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from Feb. 27 to March 1 to compete in the 2015 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships.
Charleston, SC (1792)
Heavy snow caused Ashley River Bridge to collapse.
Astoria, IL (1900)
36" of snow - state record (24 hours).
Severe cold Arctic outbreak in Northern Plains with temps. 40 to 50 degrees below zero. But, at the same time, warm in the East; 80's in Carolinas: Charleston, SC - 86 degrees Wilmington, NC - 85 degrees Minneapolis, MN - -9 degrees/-26 degrees Medora, ND - -47 degrees Big Fork, MN - -44 degrees Thoeny, MT - -52 degrees Huron, SD - -39 degrees, February record