Chicago set for coldest day ever recorded as polar vortex hits city


Grand Forks, North Dakota, has seen one of the lowest wind chills so far, a -54 degrees fahrenheit reading was recorded Wednesday morning.

Outside in the deadly deep freeze, that's claimed more than a dozen lives since Sunday, including an 18-year-year University of Iowa student found dead on campus.

Authorities in MI confirmed two weather-related deaths on Wednesday, including a former city council member found near his home and a 70-year-old man who had been out in the elements in just his underwear.

Chicago turned five buses into makeshift warming centers that moved around the city, some with nurses aboard, to encourage the homeless to come in from the cold.

We may be complaining about the recent cold snap but the temperatures in the United States at the moment make it look mild.

. A water tower exploded in White Bear township on Wednesday after its pipes froze, and many buildings' pipes met similar fates.

The medical examiner's office in Milwaukee, where temperatures plunged to minus-42 degrees, confirmed on Tuesday the death of a 55-year-old man found dead in his garage.

"There's just no way if you're not near a heat source that you can survive for very long out in weather like this", Evans told the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper.

The Arctic air mass that descended from its usual northern rotation on Wednesday caused the second coldest day ever recorded in the Windy City, where residents reported hearing "frost quakes". Homes and businesses used record amounts of natural gas to fight the cold, according to financial data provider Refinitiv.

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General Motors suspended operations at 11 MI plants and its Warren Tech Center after a utility company made an emergency appeal to customers to conserve natural gas.

In Detroit, General Motors Co suspended operations at 11 MI plants to cut natural gas consumption.

And while thousands of flights were cancelled and delayed, mostly out of Chicago, the flight-tracking site FlightAware reported cancellations were down to just over 750 and delays just over 130.

The Midwest's temperatures are forecast to be colder than the base camp of Mt. Everest, which according to CBS Chicago will be around 30 degrees (although temperatures at higher elevations could be much colder).

A record-low temperature of -21 was recorded at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Thursday.

According to Accuweather's RealFeel temperatures-which calculates how the outside temperature is perceived by the average person-the Upper Midwest felt like minus 77 degrees on January 29, where it was reported at Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

By Saturday, highs will be around -1 deg C to 4 deg C. The central Plains will be around 15.5 deg C, almost 3 to 6 deg C above normal, the weather service said.