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75 under zero? The polar vortex produces a deadly cold, as thousands of energy cuts suffer from displacement problems in the Midwest

For Brian Lada, AccuWeather Meteorologist and staff writer
January 30, 2019, 12:15:00 PM EST

Long-time records are about to fall as the polar vortex sends extremely cold air to the northwest and northeast of the United States by the end of January.

Emergency states have been issued in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan due to the cold end with many schools and businesses closing until the cold air releases its influence on the region later this week.

Minneapolis could break low temperature records originally established in the 1800s, and Chicago could challenge its historical low of less than 27 F, established on January 20, 1985.

Wednesday night

In addition to the cold that cuts the bones, a masticating wind will send AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures to even lower levels. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued wind vent warnings for all of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as most of North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.


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Grand Forks, North Dakota, observed a RealFeel® temperature of less than 75 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday morning as the winds stormed about 30 mph.

Very low values ​​can cause discomfort in exposed skin in a matter of minutes.

As the brutal cold invades the northeast on Wednesday, dangerous snowstorms threaten drivers with targets on the roads.

10:21 a.m. CST Wednesday:

Due to the extreme cold weather of Chicago, the airlines of the international Airport O & Hare have canceled near 1,335 flights and have reported minimum delays.

"Check the flight status with the operator. Follow up with safe and warm friends," said the airport in a tweet.

They have canceled more than 1,600 flights to Chicago airports, since the temperatures of the two-digit subzero cover the region, according to Associated Press (AP).

9:42 a.m. CST Wednesday:

Extremely cold temperatures have led to a rare water advisory running in Big Rapids, Michigan, where temperatures have dropped to levels below zero. The counselor was issued on Wednesday morning by city officials.

"The procedure for running water is to open a tap into a flow of cold water pen and allow the tap to continue to flow through the entire length of the" Advice " , comment ad adviser.

Running water warnings allow water to circulate through the pipes, avoiding the accumulation of ice in the pipes.

City homeowners who use the water under the advice is asking them to notify the city treasurer's office.

7:42 a.m. CST Wednesday:

According to, there are more than 36,000 customers without electricity in Illinois. In addition, there are more than 13,000 without electricity in Indiana and more than 8,000 in Wisconsin.

7:02 a.m. CST Wednesday:

The impacts for transportation continue to rise due to the brutal cold.

"Extreme weather conditions and precautionary abundance have prompted Amtrak to cancel all train origins to and from Chicago for Wednesday, January 30, including short-distance running trains and night trains long distance, "Amtrak said in a statement. "Short distance services are also canceled on Thursday, January 31 and most of the long distance services in Chicago or Chicago are not expected to come either on January 31."

More than 1,000 flights have been canceled until now on Wednesday at Chicago O & # 39; Hare International Airport, according to FlightAware.

5:57 a.m. CST Wednesday:

The temperature dropped 30 minus at the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Officials said reading could be the coldest for the office.

4:30 a.m. CST Wednesday:

You've posted a snow warning on parts of West Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, until 6:15 a.m. EAST. The notice includes parts of the interested roads 70, 279, 376 and 579.

It expects a very low vision of heavy and flying snow, with wind gusts up to 30 mph.

"Keep in mind the possibility of avoiding or delaying the trip until the snowfall passes your location," said the National Meteorological Service. "If you have to travel, take great care and allow extra time. Rapid changes in visibility and road conditions can cause accidents."

3:50 a.m. CST Wednesday:

In front of the Arctic air vane, a line of snow showers and heaviest rains advances to the east from parts of northwest Tennessee to the western part of Pennsylvania. This line can release a quick lining to an inch of snow while drastically reducing road visibility.

The line will advance to Interstate 95 from Washington, DC, to Boston later on Wednesday.

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2:15 a.m. CST Wednesday:

The temperature in Minneapolis has remained below zero for more than 24 hours, with the current temperature below 26. Temperatures will remain below zero until at least Thursday night, which makes it dangerous Let people be away for a period of time.

12:20 a.m. CST Wednesday:

Most Midwest locations experience real temperatures in the least of 10, 20, and 30 at this time. This is much colder than Utqiaġvik (formally known as Barrow), the northernmost city of Alaska, where the temperature is less than 5.

10:45 a.m. CST Tuesday:

The current temperature in Detroit is 2 F, which is 27 degrees less than this time on Monday night, when it was 29 F. The low forecast of less 7 on Tuesday night will break the daily record of minus 4 of 1951 .

9 a.m. CST Tuesday:

A snowy boulder with a great effect of the lake with snow speeds of up to 2 inches per hour will be passed north to the county of Niagara and Orleans in New York, before heading to Buffalo, New York .

Morning attenders will have to take care of the road conditions tomorrow morning.

7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday:

The United States postal service announced that the delivery will be suspended on Wednesdays in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and West Illinois.

The Minnesota Senate has canceled all the hearings for Wednesday.

The conditions of the road will continue to deteriorate at night. Illinois State Police reports on the extremely cold conditions of the road to Interstate 80 between Ridge Road and River Road between 122 and 125 miles.

6:45 p.m. CST Tuesday:

Warnings about the wind become effective in all of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan and most of North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Blowing and drizzling snow will continue to be a problem across the Great Lakes tonight until Wednesday, while frequent 30-40 mph rains continue. The winds will also be held on Wednesdays through portions of the northeast. This will lead to an additional snowfall and a drifting snow.

The Interstate-95 corridor could hit this night with a winter blend followed by a quick freeze.

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6:30 a.m. CST Tuesday:

The temperature in Chicago has fallen below zero and it is expected to remain below this benchmark for more than 48 hours. Although mercury has only lowered below zero, the AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature has been sub-zero since 4 a.m. of the CST Tuesday.

This extreme cold has caused hundreds of delays in flights and cancellations in Chicago International Airport of O & # 39; Hare i Midway International Airport. There are likely to be further delays and cancellations this week at these airports and in others in the region due to frequent spellings.

City officials go to the streets of Chicago to convince the homeless to go to shelters and hot spots to stay safe during the challenging warming, according to Associated Press.

The Chicago Brookfield Zoo is also scheduled to close on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to the weather. This is only the fourth time in the history of the 85-year-old zoo that has closed.

In addition to causing the temperatures of AccuWeather RealFeel® to decrease, winds that bite send to the snow that fell to the north-central and northwestern United States on Sundays and Mondays.

This blowing snow can reduce visibility and cover some roads, leading to a difficult journey until winds go down.

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A truck that drives on Highway 21, near Waterloo, Iowa. The path was partially covered by the snowfall in the middle of the high winds. (Photo / IowaDOT)

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