Winter weather batters the East Coast

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Temperatures in parts of the Sunshine State are reaching the mid 20's.

The cold is also wreaking havoc at airports up and down the East Coast. In Charleston, South Carolina one of two runways finally reopened after a rare snowfall. Normal service is expected to resume Sunday morning.

At New York's JFK Airport a backlog of flights led to long tarmac delays. One woman spent seven hours stuck idling on the runway.

Passenger, Jenni Monet said, "I think everyone is doing the best they can in this situation. JFK is kind of a logistic disaster right now."

In north Philadelphia in the meantime, a tragic end for firefighters battling not just the elements but also a rowhouse fire. Two people killed including a firefighter who died after part of the structure collapsed.

Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney said, "Every one of our firefighters and paramedics every day on every shift put themselves in harm's way for us. And we will be there for his family forever."

In Chicago, Lake Michigan is on ice -- an Eerie skyline and an empty Windy City. Only a few brave souls are taking on mother nature.

In Vermont, the cold weather is too much for avid skiers! Killington Resort is one of the most popular in the northeast and closed due to the arctic air.

It's expected to reopen Sunday.
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