Snow in New York, Jan 3, 2014 (AP)
Cars in front of the George Washington Bridge covered with snow, New York, Friday, January 3, 2014. Photo by AP
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Many parts of North America braced for a blast of Arctic air this weekend that could bring some of the coldest temperatures in decades before advancing to the Northeast, where residents are still digging out from a deadly snowstorm.

While numerous flights have been canceled or delayed, the weather hasn't affected flights between Israel and the United States, at least not yet.

A total of 1,266 flights were canceled across the United States and 6,036 flights delayed on Saturday, with Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey among the most affected, according to tracking firm FlightAware.com.

Boston was especially hard-hit by the first major storm of 2014, logging about 18 inches of snow on Friday, while some towns north of New England's largest city were dealing with close to 2 feet of accumulated snow. Boston however lifted its snow emergency late afternoon on Friday.

New York City got about 7 inches of snow on Friday and was temperatures fell below freezing that night. Philadelphia got roughly 5 inches of snow.

Temperatures have been extremely low and were forecast to fall to 30 below in parts of the north central United States early Sunday morning; in Grand Forks, North Dakota, wind chills were expected to exceed 50 below.

The storm comes on the heels of a massive weather system that slammed the U.S. Midwest and Northeast just after New Year's Day, causing several deaths, grounding thousands of flights and forcing schools and government offices to close.