One person died in Virginia, three died in Tennessee, four died in North Carolina and another died in Kentucky, all in various vehicle accidents.
CNN reports that there have been nearly 1,000 vehicle crashes related to the weather so far in Virginia alone, and hundreds of cars are disabled on the roads.
Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia have all declared states of emergency due to the blizzard, and the worst of it isn't expected to hit until 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, according to the national weather service.
Nearly 4,000 Friday and Saturday flights have been canceled so far, and more than 130,000 people, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power by Friday night, according to reports citing Duke Energy.
Some areas of the U.S. could get as much as 40 inches of snow.
New York City is under a blizzard warning until 7 a.m. on Sunday. The city could see from 16 to 20 inches of snow during the storm and wind gusts up to 55 mph.