As Polar Vortex Freezes US, Satellite Track It from Space
As Polar Vortex Freezes US, Satellite Track It from Space
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31 January, 2019, 19:28
"One of the coldest arctic air mass intrusions in recent memory is surging south into the Upper Midwest before spreading across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country", the National Weather Service said.
Icicles hang in front of a door at a bar in Mequon, Wisconsin, Jan. 30, 2019 as temperatures were subzero and wind chills were at -50 degrees F.
Some of the lowest temperatures in a generation could still arrive, forecasters warned.
"Listen to the people in your area".
"Avoid taking deep breaths; minimize talking", the NWS also warned this week.
Ricky Castro, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Romeoville, Illinois, said: "This could possibly be history-making". "The combined effects of the cold & winds are at their peak today with wind chills of -45° to -60° continuing". Sunrise temperatures in the city were -23°F, and high temperatures today were forecast to only reach -14°. The severe weather on Wednesday could even surpass Chicago's coldest recorded temperature of minus-27 degrees. That's right, weather conditions could be more frigid than Antarctica.
Wind chills in northern IL could fall to negative 55 degrees. "But you can get frostbite within four or five minutes".
The US Postal Service - known for its commitment to bringing the mail whatever the weather - suspended deliveries in parts of Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, the Dakotas and Nebraska.
More than a thousand flights, close to two-thirds of those scheduled, were cancelled on Wednesday into or out of Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway worldwide airports. Regional governments closed hundreds of schools and airlines cancelled more than 2,000 flights, according to the FlightAware flight-tracking website.
Nearly 3,000 flights have so far been cancelled including more than 1,550 in and out of Chicago.
On Tuesday, Amtrak announced that it had canceled all rail service to and from Chicago Wednesday. "You'll have to wait for the weekend, before you see any higher temperatures".
A bone-chilling polar vertex has plunged the Midwest, stretching from the Dakotas through ME, into a wave of dangerously cold Arctic air.
According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, Charley Lampley died after shoveling snow at in his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The freezing temperatures may have killed a Rochester, Minnesota, man who was found dead outside his home on Sunday, according to a report by WCCO, a local CBS affiliate.
Television station KCRG reported that the body of 18-year-old Gerald Belz was found behind an academic hall just before 3am on Wednesday by campus police.
At least four deaths were linked to the weather system Tuesday, including a man struck and killed by a snow plow in the Chicago area, a young couple whose SUV struck another on a snowy road in northern in and a Milwaukee man found frozen to death in a garage.
"We're adding extra beds at shelters", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told a news conference Tuesday.
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