Temps Plunge to Lowest Levels in Decades as Polar Vortex Hits (Videos)

At least six deaths across the U.S. are connected to the winter storm. Tens of millions of Americans are at risk. (Courtesy of YouTube)
At least six deaths across the U.S. are connected to the winter storm. Tens of millions of Americans are at risk. (Courtesy of YouTube)

January 30, 2019 – In Breaking News – AccuWeather

Long-standing records are poised to fall as the polar vortex sends extremely cold air into midwestern and northeastern United States to end January.

States of emergency have been issued in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan due to the extreme cold with many schools and businesses closing until the frigid air loosens its grip on the region later this week.

Minneapolis could break low temperature records originally set in the 1800s, and Chicago could challenge its all-time record low of minus 27 F, set on Jan. 20, 1985.

In addition to the bone-chilling cold, a biting wind will send AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to even lower levels.

(Cities across the Midwest are scrambling to protect people from the deadly polar vortex that’s blasting the region. At least six deaths across the U.S. are connected to the winter storm. Tens of millions of Americans are at risk. Courtesy of CBS This Morning and YouTube. Posted on Jan 30, 2019.)

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued wind chill warnings for all of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as most of North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Grand Forks, North Dakota, observed a RealFeel® Temperature of minus 75 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday morning as winds whipped around at over 30 mph.

Values this low can cause frostbite on exposed skin in a matter of minutes.

As the brutal cold invades the Northeast on Wednesday, dangerous snow squalls will threaten motorists with whiteouts on the roadways.

(What is the Polar Vortex? Temperatures in the Midwest are nearing all-time record lows as a powerful polar vortex drives a deep freeze across the eastern half of the United States. Courtesy of USA Today and YouTube. Posted on Jan 29, 2018.)

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared a State of Emergency for Erie County due to the weather, as well as a travel ban that will be effective until 1:00 p.m. local time.

“All travel is prohibited. All cars must leave roads,” Poloncarz tweeted.

Police say at least two people in the Detroit area have died in the extremely cold weather, AP News reports.

Ecorse detective Tim Sassak tells TV station WDIV that the man was discovered Wednesday. The man wasn’t dressed for below-zero temperatures and wasn’t wearing a hat or gloves, according to Sassak.

Continue reading… 75 below zero? Polar vortex yields deadly cold as thousands endure power cuts, travel issues mount in Midwest

(Schools in Minnesota are closing, Illinois’ governor is warning residents about hypothermia and hundreds of flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport due to winter weather hitting the US. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Jan 29, 2019.)

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