Package up! The National Weather Service estimates that more than 250 new cold records can be tied or set in the first half of the week.

It was literally freezing in Florida and Alabama as parts of Maine, Michigan and New York dug snow into the foothills as historically early and deadly Arctic air mass grabbed much of the nation.

The recordings, some of which date back more than 100 years, were taken down as the front continued its fierce roll for the third day.

The entire state of Alabama was under freezing warning as temperatures sank into the 20s and below, breaking records in more than 100 places. The National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, citing "widespread significant freezing" for Alabama and Florida Panhandle, called on residents to protect open pipes, keep pets warm, and check neighbors.

In Florida, the average November low temperature in Pensacola is 50 degrees. Wednesday morning was 20 degrees colder.

"30 here, near Pensacola Beach", tweeted resident Robert Pooley. [I hate it!]

Also in Florida: Red tide, toxic algae bloom that kills wildlife returns to beaches on the beaches

Record levels were recorded on Wednesday morning from Birmingham, Alabama to Burlington, Vermont. The 18-degree Birmingham level has beaten the 4-degree record it has been since 1911.

New York City and Buffalo, New York, as well as parts of Ohio set records. In Kansas alone, at least six cities, including Wichita, have set cold records for Tuesday's date.

In Missouri, St. Louis dropped to 11 degrees, breaking the record for more than 100 years. [19659012] Autoplay

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