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Northeast braces for deep freeze

The Northeast is in the grip of a polar vortex that has temperatures dropping fast
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SCRANTON, Pa. -- The Northeast is bracing for a cold snap. Temperatures are expected to bottom-out Sunday morning, possibly hitting record lows in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

In Saranac Lake, N.Y., wind chills could drop below minus-40.

House in Scranton are coated in ice. At about 2:30 Friday morning, a water main burst, shooting water 20 feet in the air and shutting down two blocks.

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A house is coated with ice in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Friday, February 12, 2016. CBS News

Within hours, the deep freeze set in. Large icicles hung from street signs, trees and power lines, worrying homeowner Oscar Velez.

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"I'm just concerned that people will slide and get hurt, or get hit with those big icicles there hanging," Velez told CBS News.

From the Midwest to the Deep South, there was no escaping the arctic blast. In Greenville, S.C., freezing temperatures turned a water fountain into a giant popsicle.

Temperatures are expected to plunge to two degrees in New York on Sunday. Pedro Morales invested in a cheap ski mask to stay warm.

"They're great, and for five dollars -- that's a bargain in New York City," Morales said.

Back in Scranton, the houses are likely to remain on ice for several more days. That's because temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until Tuesday.

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