That's why New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Thursday: "Welcome to winter storm six of the last six weeks."
And as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said before the worst of the storm hit: "This has just been a brutal winter where it never really has gotten warmer. And so the natural melting away of snow and ice is not happening."
At least 21 deaths have been blamed on the latest storm. Three of them were in Howard County, Maryland, where three men -- ages 45, 55 and 57 -- suffered suspected cardiac arrest "while in the act of shoveling snow," county spokesman Mark Miller said.
The casualty toll includes three in Texas and eight in North Carolina, authorities said
In New York, a 36-year-old pregnant woman died after being struck by a tractor clearing snow. Her nearly full-term baby was delivered by cesarean section and remained in critical condition Friday, said Jodi Cross of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
From Louisiana to Massachusetts, more than 160,000 customers were without power as of 9 p.m. Friday, a figure less than half the amount reported just nine hours earlier.
The vast majority of those outages -- more than 155,000 -- were in North and South Carolina.
The United States had no lock on challenging weather. CNN iReporter El-Branden Brazil shot images in Tokyo as residents coped with the heaviest snow the city has seen in years.
And in Datchet, England, flooding was severe, and even Princes William and Harry helped move sandbags.