Winter brought snow and high winds to North America with icy rain across much of Canada turned roads and pavements into skating rinks.
In Canadian city of Toronto, ice storms knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. An estimated 350,000 customers have been left without electricity in eastern Canada, according to Reuters news reports.
In the U.S., heavy snowfall, ice storms and tornadoes have caused flight delays and unsafe road conditions, wreaking havoc on Christmas travel plans.
Tornado watches were issued for Tennessee, Arkansas and here in Louisiana, where powerful winds swept through the southern state scattering debris in their wake.
Check out some striking images of the ice storm that forced tens of thousands North Americans to spend a severely cold, dark Christmas.
In the video below, a man from Toronto is breaking a thick layer of ice that formed on his car’s windshield: