Yesterday, about a million U.S. homes and businesses were without power, and more than a third of the country's population from the Midwest to the Northeast is hunkering down in cold snow ice or all three.
It's easier to show you what some of that looks like, with snow piling higher in places like Kansas City, Missouri, as the storm froze its way east.
But you can't really see the cold.
Not like folks in Montana are feeling it.
In high temperatures of three degrees below zero.
This weather is also having an economic impact.
Out of business because of a broken water pipe.
Found water just all over the place.
It is hard to imagine anyone more upset about this winter than the owner of Rozal's Italian Cuchina in Chicago's Little Italy.
He was literally crying.
When I spoke to him on the phone he was literally crying.
The harsh unrelenting snow and freezing temperatures have four cities across the country to shell out thousands in overtime pay to plow streets and now many areas are running low on road salt, forcing crews to cut back or pay three times the regular price for the other white stuff, now in short supply.
Price have skyrocketed because of-really because of the lack of supply.
Several industries are feeling the effects of this winter.
Airlines have lost an estimated quarter of a billion dollars according to analyst.
Poor auto sales in the Midwest, South and East are being blamed on the weather along with some lower retail sales.
Even restaurants without broken water pipes are getting hit.
At Gyro-Mena in Chicago's Greek Town the owner says his business goes way down.
During heavy snow or freezing cold.
I might see about a 40 percent decrease in my carry-out sales. Now, we deliver.
So I see an increase overall about a 25 percent hit.
OK, not a problem.
Consumers are also feeling the effects.
You hit that pile-and the wheel bottoms out, and you get a nice dent in a wheel like that.
Business in Ashland Tire and Auto in Chicago has never been better.
Good for you, guys. But do you feel bad for some of the customers?
Absolutely. Because we are human still.
The CVS pharmacy chain is getting out of the cigarette business.
The company announced yesterday it will stop selling tobacco products at the more than 7600 pharmacies it owns.
From the company's CEO, "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health."
"Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."
CVS hopes other companies will follow its example, but the decision will cost CVS about $2 billion in early revenue, and critics point out that the pharmacy still sells sugary drinks, candy and alcohol and doesn't plan to get rid of them.
Cigarette smoking in the U.S. isn't as widespread as it used to be.
The percentage of smokers has dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to 19 percent today.
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