In Ohio, among those braving treacherous conditions was Patty Lee, who drove some 20 miles from Cincinnati to suburban Blue Ash for a job interview. She joked that her first job test was making it through the icy parking lot without falling down.
"The roads are deteriorating pretty quickly," she said after returning to Cincinnati.
A suspension bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Kentucky was closed Sunday because of ice covering its hard-to-treat metal grid deck.
Freezing rain and sleet moved across Kentucky, making road travel treacherous Sunday. Officials warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Parts of the state could receive up to 8 inches of sleet and snow through Monday. Churches throughout the state canceled services.
The eastern West Virginia panhandle could get up to a foot of snow. That sent residents on a hunt for food, water and supplies.
In the Midwest, arctic cold temperatures hit Nebraska. Forecasters said Sunday's single-digit high temperatures could set records across the state. And wind chills 20-to-35 degrees below zero were reported Sunday.
Snowfall amounts across Indiana range from nearly 9 inches in northwestern Indiana to 1.7 inches in Indianapolis.
The same weather system inundated California with rain. Four hikers were rescued overnight after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park. Authorities were warning of mudslides and swollen creeks and drainage channels.
South of Washington, joggers were enjoying 60-degree weather Sunday on a trail along the James River in Richmond, Va., which was expected to receive as many as 7 inches of snow Monday.
"It's wonderful to have this little peek into spring," said Katilynn Allan, 22, a financial planner who was training for an upcoming 10K run. "Richmond weather is very unpredictable, so you have to take advantage of days that are nice."