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Brutal cold returns to Midwest for extended stay

Breaking: High Winds and Harsh Cold Northern Plains

CHICAGO (AP) - An unusual weather pattern driving bitterly cold air from the Arctic Circle south across a huge swath of the Midwest is expected to send temperatures plummeting Monday from Minneapolis to Louisville, Ky., the latest punch from a winter that is in some areas shaping up as one of the coldest on record.

Temperatures will remain in the grips of the deep freeze for 2½ days, said meteorologist Mike Hudson of the National Weather Service in Kansas City, Mo. It will be similar to what happened earlier this month when temperatures dropped quickly and stayed low for days when a piece of the polar vortex - winds that circulate around the North Pole - "broke off and moved south," Hudson said.

In cities where temperatures reached the 40s, 50s and even higher Sunday, people will wake up Monday to temperatures ranging from the teens to well below zero. And with the wind chill, cities throughout the Midwest will feel far colder than the minus 4 that Hudson said was expected in Barrow, Alaska, the nation's northernmost city.

The weather service said city after city will face wind chills well below zero Monday: minus 43 in Minneapolis, minus 23 in both Milwaukee and Chicago, minus 14 in Kansas City, minus 10 in St. Louis, and minus 3 in Louisville.

In the Chicago area, residents were bracing for a historic deep freeze. Monday's high was expected to be minus 4 degrees and drop as low as 17 below zero downtown, with wind chills as low as 40 below zero.

Temperatures could remain below zero Tuesday as well and remain below zero for a total of 60 hours - the longest stretch since temperatures stayed below zero for a record 98 hours in 1983 and the third longest stretch in 80 years. It also would easily eclipse the 36 straight hours temperatures stayed below zero earlier this month, when the frigid weather prompted the city's public schools to close for two days.

By noon Sunday, Chicago's school district, which has approximately 400,000 students attending more than 650 schools, said it would be closed Monday. Districts in the Chicago suburbs also announced they'd be closed Monday.

In Michigan, snow on the roads and deep subfreezing temperatures contributed to multiple crashes Sunday that forced expressway closings. And on Saturday night, two people were killed in Grand Haven Township in western Michigan because of similar weather conditions, authorities said.

North Dakota and South Dakota residents dealt with dangerous cold Sunday and wind gusts that reached up to 60 mph. The high winds led to blowing snow that made it nearly impossible to travel in some areas of the two states.

"This is definitely the most widespread event we've had this year," said Adam Jones, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks, N.D.

Snow and high winds in Indiana led officials there to restrict vehicle traffic or recommend only essential travel in more than half of the state's counties.

In Iowa, snow was falling on Sunday and high winds were expected, prompting officials to warn that traveling would be dangerous. Forecasters there called for wind chills to be as low as 40 below zero on Monday.

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carnahanjajoca January 27 2014 at 10:58 AM

I was hopeing to read, as if and when this cold snap will be over.

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Pamela January 27 2014 at 9:09 AM

I am in Omaha and this am was -20 w/c and my poor grandaughter has to take a city bus to school because her mom is to lazy to take her safely

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cgssnavickas January 27 2014 at 10:05 AM

Tell your daughter to get up off her lazy ass and take her to school. Having your granddaughter being forced to go out in below zero temperature is a form of child abuse.

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ashleyerzar January 27 2014 at 9:00 AM

I live in Minnesota and it is freezing cold. My son had school cancelled (along with most of Minnesota) due to wind chills reaching -60 and two major highways were shut down due to being unpassable from high winds. It's crazy for people to imagine when you do not live in the midwest...but it is SO terribly cold here. On the other hand, I have lived here my whole life and it is part of the Minnesota climate. I don't whine, I just enjoy a cozy day inside with my son (thankfully I do not have to work today).

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sterlingbykenny January 27 2014 at 9:05 AM

same thing here in michigan. big deal. it is cold. i went to new orleans i couldn't breathe in the humidity.i went to las vegas for the fourth of july it was 118, the a/c gave me a headache. santa barbara,ca is perfect everyday of the year. a hamburger costs 35.00

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cgssnavickas January 27 2014 at 10:10 AM

I lived in Minnesota for a few years and can attest to that. The winters can be brutally cold. I remember businesses being shut down because of the extreme cold. My only fear was losing electricity but fortunately, when the power did go out it was only for a short time.

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goodfellow66 January 27 2014 at 8:54 AM

yaba daba doo mofo

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Pookie January 27 2014 at 9:22 PM

what is that

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charpist5 January 27 2014 at 8:44 AM

Must be that Gorbal Warming....oh, wait, they are forced to call it "Climate Change" now, for all of the gullible people. Wonder when they are going to start calling it Gorbal Cooling? I guess we could ask Gore...if we could find him....but he is way too busy leaving his massive carbon footprint to come out in public and face...us.

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beauboy2anne January 27 2014 at 8:25 AM

send some to CA we need moisture

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Bob Wagner January 27 2014 at 8:21 AM

Check your cars antifreeze using a gauge for specific gravity . Less than 5 bucks for tester and worth it since a waterpump , radiator and thermostat will cost you more . Most people make the mistake of just adding water . Its best to add antifreeze in radiator when cold and not the reservoir .

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eg8tr January 27 2014 at 8:20 AM

It is freezing hot up there. Where is Aljazeera Gore when we need him to turn up the heat. If you believe in manmade global warming you are as dumb as a gore.

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Dan January 27 2014 at 7:28 AM

May Superbowl Sunday/Groundhog Day give us an omen of an early spring thaw mythical though it may be. ☺

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rgk98villa January 27 2014 at 7:24 AM

so much foe global warning.

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